Shachar all made up for world glory

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY JAMES MAS­TERS

Shachar Head loves do­ing her hair and make-up like any other teenage girl – but she’s the only one with the Max Fac­tor when it comes to pow­er­lift­ing.

Born three months pre­ma­ture at just 2lbs 13oz, Head has grown to emerge as the most promis­ing tal­ent in the sport af­ter break­ing ev­ery world record on of­fer.

But while she’s in the gym ev­ery day pump­ing iron along­side fully grown men with bulging bi­ceps, school­girl sen­sa­tion Head says she’s just as likely to be found out and about in a stylish dress and some fancy shoes.

“I go to the gym and work out but I like to come home, put on a dress and go out with my friends – I love be­ing a girl,” she said.

“I even make sure I put on a bit of lip­stick when I’m lift­ing at com­pe­ti­tions.

“I’m not a tom­boy or any­thing like that. I like to look good and feel good about my­self.”

Al­ready a Bri­tish and Euro­pean cham­pion in her age group, the 15-year-old has set her sights on World cham­pi­onship glory this Novem­ber.

Head al­ready holds world records in both the squat and bench press cat­e­gories and is now hop­ing to se­cure the top hon­our in power lift­ing in Glas­gow.

“I’ve got a real shot of be­com­ing a world cham­pion i n my age cat­e­gory,” she added.

“I’m al­ready lift­ing 150kg at the dead lift and the women’s world cham­pion lifts 190kg so I’m not too far off that. “She’s 40 and I’ve just turned 15 so I’ve got a real op­por­tu­nity of reach­ing the top one day.

“I’ve been work­ing with a new coach, Chris Mor­gan, and I’ve re­ally im­proved al­ready. “It’s great to have so much sup­port from peo­ple all over the coun­try and I’ve had a Face­book Ath­lete page set up for me.

“My friends at school think it’s great and al­though some of the boys were a bit fun- ny about it at first, it’s OK now be­cause I’ve beaten them all at arm wrestling!”

Head, who works out at Steve’s Gym in New­ton Ab­bott, Devon, is al­ready caus­ing shock­waves across the power lift­ing world.

While pow­er­lift­ing re­cently failed in its bid to be­come an Olympic Sport, Head’s pro­file is con­tin­u­ing to rise with spon­sor­ship be­ing sought to cat­a­pult her ca­reer fur­ther.

She has been short­listed to carry the Olympic torch fol­low­ing her achieve­ments and her mother, Li­lach, is hugely proud of her daugh­ter’s run of suc­cess.

“She’s an in­cred­i­ble girl and she has so much tal­ent,” added Li­lach.

“What she’s done is fan­tas­tic in such a short space of time and the whole family is so proud of her. “Hope­fully we can get some fund­ing to sup­port her and then she re­ally can go on and be­come very suc­cess­ful.”

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