PR and digital agency owner Aneela Rose scooped silver medal success at the Global Powerlifting Committee-GB British Championships 2016 held in Manchester last weekend. With a total lift score of 237.5kg across bench press, squat and deadlift, she won second place marginally behind the current British record holder in the Masters category.
Aneela is believed to be the first British Asian female in the UK to qualify and win a medal in a national powerlifting competition at Masters level (aged 40+) in the 56kg body weight class. The sport has no age or gender barriers and so more females of all ages are taking part in the both weightlifting and powerlifting globally. This is Aneela’s first national competition.
Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts in the squat, bench press and deadlift.
Aneela surprised herself at the competition and now has a taste for the world championships;
“I’ve trained tirelessly this year and was very nervous about competing for the first time. Controlling my nerves was a challenge and to perform well I had to focus, with the support from my two trainers and a strong resolve to prove to myself I could do this, I went on to achieve Personal Bests in all 3 of my lifts. Something I hadn’t dreamt I could achieve in a national competition.
“I love the sport, there’s an incredible, supportive network of people in the powerlifting community who are passionate about strength training and lifting heavy. I train at serious powerlifting gyms in Hove and Eastbourne 3 to 4 times a week before work, and as it can be a lonely sport, I couldn’t have got through this without the support from my trainers.
“I’m only 7.5kg off the British record which would qualify me for the World Champs, so my goal is to rest for a couple of weeks and then start my new training programme where I will look to cut weight and get leaner and stronger to beat my PB’s next season.”
Aneela Rose is Director of award winning Aneela Rose PR and Purple Rose Digital in Burgess Hill.