A bright future in power lifting Sunnex sets a new record for youth lift
Fifteen-year-old Te Awamutu College power lifter Mya Sunnex is destined for a bright future in the sport.
The teenager set an unofficial record competing in the under 63kg, sub junior (female U18) class at the Waikato Bay of Plenty Powerlifting Novice Competition held at the University of Waikato Rec Centre in Hamilton.
Mya successfully lifted a 100kg back squat, 45kg bench press and 112.5kg deadlift for a total weight lifted of 257.5kg.
It was a mighty achievement considering she only decided to enter the competition about four weeks prior. She trains at Snap Fitness Te Awamutu with her dad/coach Hyrum Sunnex.
Mya set an unofficial record in all three disciplines. Her overall total weight lifted was 57.5kg superior to the official record. However, she needs to be a member of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Power-lifting Association affiliated to the International Power-Lifting Federation (IPF) for six months to have any records ratified.
After Mya’s competition, she was advised that she needed to train with a power-lifting specific bar for squats and deadlifts and the owners at her gym welcomed her request and have ordered the exact bar she needed.
Mya has now stepped up her training to a more specific power-lifting cycle heading towards her next competition at the Classic Cup in Te Awamutu this month. She is looking forward to exceeding her personal bests and records at this meet.
The College student says she’s grateful for the support she has received from Snap Fitness Te Awamutu.
“The staff at the gym have been amazing and I am so grateful for my dad’s coaching. He gets up every morning and some nights out of his own time to train me. He pushes me when I cannot push myself. He tells me to hurry up when I’m going too slow. I could never be prouder having a dad/coach like him.”
Mya is a natural athlete who thrives at all sports. She played netball for Te Awamutu Sports Premier in 2016, 2017, made the WaiBop Zone Performance Level
‘The staff at the gym have been amazing and I am so grateful for ’ my dad’s coaching. MYA SUNNEX
1 Team in 2017 and also played volleyball at TAC in 2017. She had a break from netball in 2018.
Mya Anderson preparing for her back squat lift at the Waikato Bay of Plenty Powerlifting Novice Competition in Hamilton.Going places . . . Te Awamutu power lifter Mya Sunnex.