Joanna powers to debut title victory

Power lifter Joanna Jack (pic by Grant Hendry-Horne)
Power lifter Joanna Jack (pic by Grant Hendry-Horne)

It was a powerful day of competition for Bellshill woman Joanna Jack last Sunday as she lifted four titles in her first competition in powerlifting.

It was a remarkable first success for Joanna (37) who has only been involved in the sport for the past six months, training at Motherwell Aquatec with Dean Caldwell of Primal Training, as well as with the Glasgow Powerlifting Team.

Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift.

Joanna had hoped that she could perhaps have a degree of success in her first competition, the Southern National which took place last weekend at Burns Gym in Dumfries and which involved 50 competitors, 14 of whom were women.

But she excelled so much she exceeded all her own expectations and was understandably in high spirits after her success.

She is now the record holder in 84 plus kilos, squat, bench press and deadlift, as well as winning the total weight lift.

And such achievements represent a mammoth success considering she only took up the sport in September last year.

Joanna, who works for Organisational Development and Learning at the Scottish Parliament, is now looking forward to competing in Dundee on April 19 at the Scottish Open.