Weighting for victory

29th November 2018

News, Student news

Two Wadham women have been named Junior Powerlifting World Champions.

  • Eva lifts for victory

    Eva lifts for victory 

    © David McWilliams

  • Polly demonstrates perfect technique

    Polly demonstrates perfect technique

    © David McWilliams

  • © David McWilliams

  • © David McWilliams

Eva Masmanian (Medicine, 2013) was awarded first place in the under 63kg Junior category and Polly Thisdell (M.Chem Chemistry, 2015) won first place in the under 50kg Junior category.

They began their World Championship qualifying journey at the British Unequipped Full Power Championship regionals in November 2017. Following this, they headed to the National Championships in Weston-Super-Mare this July, where the top three women in each bodyweight category were selected for the GB World Championship team. 

Once selected, the two Wadham lifters represented GB at the World Drug-Free Powerlifting Federation (WDFPF) World Championships in Glasgow on 3 November.

“While it is a traditionally male-dominated sport, strength training has been shown to particularly benefit older women who are at a higher risk of falls and osteoporosis,” says Eva. 

“It's great for women to have the chance to learn proper technique with a professional coach and build up experience in a skill that will benefit them for the rest of their lives, whether they want to compete or not,” she adds. 

Wadham’s women power lifters train once a week at Wadham College. The club is currently looking for sponsors to subsidise coaching and kit.  If you are interesting in sponsoring the team or getting involved with the sport, please email Eva.

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