The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

MAC­ROOM wo­man, Ser­ena Pierce, re­cently trav­elled to Malta to com­pete in the world cham­pi­onships for Powerlifting. It was very tough to lift over there as the venue was out­side in the open and it was over 30 de­grees some days.

Ser­ena went over know­ing she could set world records if she dropped a weight cat­e­gory so she was on a strict diet for weeks be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion and also dur­ing it as she had to weigh in each of the three morn­ings be­fore lift­ing.

On the Fri­day morn­ing Ser­ena com­pleted the squat. Squat­ting 67.5kg she set an­other Ir­ish record and also got gold and came first in her cat­e­gory.

Satur­day was the bench press. After dis­cov­er­ing she was 0.5 over­weight, Ser­ena had to don lay­ers of clothes and went jog­ging up steps and around the beach in Malta in order to lose the weight. This was re­ally tough as it was ex­tremely hot and she couldn’t have food or wa­ter un­til after her re-weigh.

After 40 min­utes of tor­ture, Ser­ena just made the weight for un­der 47.5kg. She quickly took in some food and wa­ter be­fore start­ing to warm up for her lift. It was very in­tense lift­ing and she was feel­ing the af­ter­math of sud­den weight loss but on her sec­ond lift she beat off her op­po­nents to take the World and Euro­pean record and couldn’t have been hap­pier.

Ser­ena also came first and got gold in the bench press.

She again dis­cov­ered she was over­weight by 0.4kg and had to re­peat her gru­elling regime of los­ing weight to make her grade and thank­fully made weight after the re-weigh in at 47.5kg.

She opened with 80kg and took an­other World and Euro­pean ti­tle and beat it, twice get­ting 90 kg as her top lift. She cel­e­brated as she came first in her cat­e­gory and got gold.

“I would never have done it with­out the sup­port from peo­ple at home and every­one who spon­sored me for my trip to Malta, so I would like to thank every­one who sup­ported me and helped me be­come a world cham­pion,” a de­lighted Ser­ena said

Ser­ena Pierce (by tro­phies) and her coach and dad, Tony cel­e­brate her re­cent world ti­tle wins in Matla with the spon­sors and spon­sor or­gan­is­ers and staff mem­bers from the Auld Tri­an­gle, Shauna & Micheala, where it all started. Pic­ture: John De­lea.

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