Ar­lette seek­ing help to vol­un­teer at games

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

GREY­STONES res­i­dent Ar­lette Bom­a­hou is look­ing for help from the com­mu­nity to send her as a vol­un­teer to the Euro­pean Games in Baku - Azer­bai­jan.

French na­tive Ar­lette has two World cham­pi­onship ti­tles and two Euro­pean cham­pi­onship ti­tles in pow­er­lift­ing and wants to vol­un­teer at the games next June.

She is very strong and pow­er­ful how­ever re­vealed that, de­spite her strength, she oc­ca­sion­ally has to ask some­one for help open­ing a jar!

Nonethe­less her deadlift is a record-break­ing 175kg.

The 39-year-old trains at Cross­fit Strength and Per­for­mance on Dargan Street in Bray with coach Alan Sherry.

She re­turns from France this Fri­day after spend­ing Christ­mas with her fam­ily and will be back train­ing then, at least four times a week for up to three hours each ses­sion.

She is also a full time stu­dent in dig­i­tal and so­cial me­dia mar­ket­ing in Black­rock Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion In­sti­tute.

Ar­lette took to weight train­ing ten years ago how­ever it’s only in the past 18 months that she has fo­cused on power lifting.

‘When I was a teenager I was very good in sport but didn’t take it se­ri­ously,’ she said.

‘I was prac­tis­ing ath­let­ics and bas­ket­ball. My dream was to be air host­ess and live in the States. Michael Jor­dan and Carl Lewis were my ul­ti­mate he­roes.’

Her pas­sion for sport and for­eign lan­guages took her to Am­s­ter­dam where she lived for nearly six years.

‘I worked for Nike and loved it then I de­cided to move to Ire­land to dis­cover a new coun­try and cul­ture. After nine years liv­ing in Ire­land, I am still en­joy­ing it and hope to raise a fam­ily here.’

There will be 17 days of com­pe­ti­tion in Baku next sum­mer and in­ter­na­tional vol­un­teers must pay for their own ac­com­mo­da­tion and trip at €4,000.

Ar­lette has a crowd­fund­ing project to cover the cost.

To make a con­tri­bu­tion go to www.ntrai.com and search for ar­let­temaotiebama­hou.

Ar­lette Bom­a­hou with a se­lec­tion of her pow­er­lift­ing awards

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