Aneela Rose Selected to Represent GB in European Powerlifting Championships 2018
On Saturday 14th April, Aneela Rose won first place at the Amateur British Powerlifting Union (ABPU) SW Qualifier in Barnstaple, Devon, in the Masters 56kg body weight class, with a total score of 225kg, qualifying for the British Finals on 12th May at Bodypower and automatic selection to represent Great Britain in the European Championships in Grenoble, France in August 2018. The powerlifts consist of squat, bench press and deadlift.
Aneela is MD of PR & Digital Marketing agency Rose Media Group, founded 14 years ago and recently moved to the Victoria Business Park in Burgess Hill.
Aneela’s sporting journey began after the 2012 London Olympics, when she was inspired to start throwing her javelin again after a 25 year break competing whilst at school. She joined Crawley Athletics Club and after suffering consistent shoulder injuries she was advised to take up strength training to help her upper body. It quickly became apparent that Aneela was strong for her petite stature and was encouraged to continue training with heavy weights. The rest is history. She competed in her first British Powerlifting Championship in 2016 with GPC-GB winning silver followed by first place in 2017 at the GPC-GB British Finals in Welwyn Garden City.
Aneela won the More Radio Sports Award 2017 and is also shortlisted in the prestigious Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2018 in the Sports Category, winners announced on 9th May 2018 to a star-studded audience at the Park Lane Hilton.
Upon receiving the invitation to the Euros, Aneela said, “As a teenager I dreamt of representing my country in sport and here we are two decades later! I’m really proud I’ve persevered, it’s a challenge juggling my work and family around training and the diet is so hard to maintain at times as body weight directly affects the lifts.
“There’s a fantastic network of people in the powerlifting community and I couldn’t achieve what I do without their advice and support. I’m looking forward to the British Finals at Bodypower and the European Championships but the glittering Asian Achievement Awards will be particularly special as I can wear something other than a singlet for a change!”