Hunter carries weighty ambitions
POWER-LIFTING Eidsvold teacher Ashleigh Hunter is proof you should never judge a book by its cover.
The 21-year-old pocket rocket is mild mannered with a slender build, and teaches science and health and physical education at Eidsvold State School.
But unlike other school teachers, in her spare time Ms Hunter deadlifts up to 130kg.
“My first interest in power lifting was when I was at university doing my practical in Sports and Exercise Science” Ms Hunter said.
“I decided to enter a competition and asked my mentor to write an exercise and training program for me,” she said.
Ms Hunter’s first competition was in the 56.8kg body weight class where she managed numbers that would make most gym-goers jealous.
She managed an 85kg squat, a 50kg bench and 95kg deadlift.
At the GPC National Titles on June 5 she lifted all personal best weights: 115kg squat, 62.5kg bench and 130kg deadlift.
“The GPC National Titles was my last year as a junior so I trained up and I placed second in the junior under-60kg categories and sixth in the open category,” she said.
“Watch this space I have plenty of lift in the tank for next time!”
FOCUS: Ashleigh Hunter on her way to lifting personal-best weights at the GPC National Titles.