A bright fu­ture in power lift­ing Sun­nex sets a new record for youth lift

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - BY COLIN THORSEN

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.

Pho­tos / Sup­plied

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.

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