Hunter car­ries weighty am­bi­tions

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

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!”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FO­CUS: Ash­leigh Hunter on her way to lift­ing per­sonal-best weights at the GPC Na­tional Ti­tles.

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