GRANDMA LIFTS NA­TIONAL BAR

In­cred­i­ble pow­er­lifter makes light work of record

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - James Liveris [email protected] west­ern­starnews.com

POWERLIFTING: A Roma grand­mother has bro­ken a na­tional record for bench press, claim­ing her sev­enth na­tional ti­tle in Bris­bane last week­end.

Fiona Flan­ders took the stage at Iron Un­der­ground powerlifting gym, com­pet­ing in the un­der 58 kilo­grams cat­e­gory for 55- to 59-year-olds and pressed 58.5kg, break­ing the na­tional record.

The 55-year-old then got back on the bench and pressed 60kg, break­ing two na­tional records for her age group in one day.

Flan­ders said it was ex­cit­ing to break the na­tional record.

“It’s pretty ex­cit­ing hold­ing the na­tional record be­cause I’ve had an in­jury for a cou­ple of years and I haven’t been able to move enough to get lean enough to com­pete in body­build­ing,” she said.

“So to be able to achieve at this level in powerlifting after not be­ing able to com­pete is very sat­is­fy­ing.”

Flan­ders who bal­ances the life of a grand­mother and a train­ing ad­mits she was on babysit­ting du­ties the morn­ing of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“I love my grand­chil­dren. I was look­ing after my youngest Jack who got up to a bit of mis­chief in his cot and I be­lieve he re­ally helped re­duce my pre-comp nerves,” she said.

Flan­ders, also a per­sonal trainer said break­ing the record gives her that ex­tra cre­den­tial.

“As a PT I like to be able to walk the talk, I don’t just tell peo­ple how do to stuff, I can ac­tu­ally do it as well,” she said. “I think it’s very im­por­tant for women to have up­per body strength as they get older and I en­cour­age any older women who feel ner­vous about join­ing a gym to give it a go. It’s a very sup­port­ive and safe en­vi­ron­ment to do your ex­er­cise.”

Flan­ders is aim­ing to break a new record in April.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

POW­ER­FUL PER­FOR­MANCE: Na­tional Bench­press Cham­pion Fiona Flan­ders pushes through the na­tional record.

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