Arlette seeking help to volunteer at games
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