Teacher Lynda Banks

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Lynda Banks

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Lynda Banks took up powerlifting three years in the past

A main faculty head instructor has retained a British powerlifting championship title for the third yr working.

Lynda Banks, 51, competes within the sports activities’ Masters 2 class, which is open to 50 to 59-year-old rivals.

The top of Inverness’ Smithton Major retained her title on the GB Powerlifting Masters Basic Championships in Belfast.

Ms Banks solely began competing three years in the past on the age of 48.

Since taking on the game, she has competed in Commonwealth, World and Worldwide championship occasions in Canada, Finland and the US.

She is a Commonwealth Champion and was positioned third ultimately yr’s World Championship in Texas.

Previously head instructor at Strathdearn Major Faculty, in Tomatin, close to Inverness, Ms Banks took up the put up at Smithon Major 5 weeks in the past.

Her new pupils discovered of her powerlifting talents throughout a faculty meeting held on themes of “making an attempt” and “achievement”.

Ms Banks mentioned: “I did a deadlift in entrance of them.


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On the GB Powerlifting Masters Basic Championships in Belfast on the weekend, Ms Banks squatted 105kg, 110kg after which 115kg – which broke her earlier squat private finest and likewise GB data by 7.5kg.

Her three makes an attempt within the bench have been 55kg, 60kg however she did not bench 62.5kg.

She then went on to deadlift 127.5kg, 135kg and 145kg. The final was 5kg beneath what she had lifted earlier than.

Her title successful whole of 320kg gave her a brand new private finest whole.


“They then watched a video of me on YouTube deadlifting 150kg for a bronze medal. They burst into applause.”

She mentioned: “A few of them, as soon as they have been again dwelling, informed their mums, dads and grandparents to sort ‘Ms Banks’ into YouTube.”

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Lynda Banks competes for the GB’s powerlifting group

Ms Banks was inspired to take up energy lifting by Gavin Laird, her coach on the fitness center in Inverness the place she trains.

She mentioned: “I had fancied a brand new problem and my goal had been to do one chin up.

“I attempted deadlifting weights and actually beloved it. After some time I mentioned to Gavin ‘how about doing a contest?’.”

She has not seemed again since her first competitors, which was held in Dumfries. She is now hoping for a name as much as the GB group for the World Championships in Belarus in June.

The top instructor mentioned she loved being a part of the household environment of her sport, and hopes her position in it conjures up others to take up powerlifting or different pursuits.

She mentioned: “I really like powerlifting. I solely want it was one thing I found 20 years in the past.”