Mum Melissa, 50, wins ma­jor pow­er­lift­ing ti­tle

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - Television -

A MUM-OF-TWO has proved she is the power of Scot­land.

Melissa Wall, 50, from Aviemore in the High­lands has become a Com­mon­wealth champion in pow­er­lift­ing.

Pow­er­lift­ing in­volves three types of lift – squat, bench press and deadlift.

Melissa struck gold in South Africa rep­re­sent­ing Scot­tish Pow­er­lift­ing at the Com­mon­wealth Pow­er­lift­ing Cham­pi­onships.

In Tues­day’s equipped full power ladies’ class she squat­ted 100kg, bench pressed 65kg and dead­lifted 130kg to win gold on all lifts and be crowned champion in her age and weight class.

Melissa also set a new Scot­tish record for bench press in the process at the event in Potchef­stroom.

She said: “I am over the moon to take gold on all lifts. Af­ter an epic jour­ney and more than 24 hours trav­el­ling to get to South Africa, I man­aged to catch up on some sleep by the pool which was much needed and helped me pre­pare my­self for the com­pe­ti­tion.”

Melissa ad­mits she used to be a couch potato – but now she’s so strong she can lift the weight of a sofa or even an adult gorilla.

She’s lifted cars, iron gird­ers, beer kegs and flipped trac­tor tyres in com­pe­ti­tions, but ad­mits she leaves any lift­ing at home to her hus­band Steve – a lieu­tenant colonel in the Army – so she doesn’t get in­jured.

Melissa Wall. sun­day­

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