27th Jan, 2020

Former Crabbs Cross resident clinches Silver at Powerlifting Championships

Harry Leach 8th Oct, 2019 Updated: 8th Oct, 2019

A FORMER Crabbs Cross resident is over-the-moon after clinching the Silver Medal at the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships.

High achiever Amelia Crook, aged 26, also won Bronze in the Bench at the event held in Newfoundland, Canada.

It saw some of the world’s best powerlifters compete against each other.

Former Ridgeway pupil Amelia, who was competing for Wales, said: “I started competing three or four years ago.

“It was only a hobby to begin with, I wasn’t into sports or anything, I just had a few friends who enjoyed powerlifting and I wanted to become healthier.

“But after a while I realised I was strong, so I entered my first competition.”

On her way to the top Amelia scooped four Welsh junior records in her weight category, 63 kilos.

Now competing at 57kilos, she is able to squat 132.5kg, bench 80kg and deadlift 170kg.

“Going to Canada and seeing other powerlifters in action has really inspired me to keep going,” added Amelia who has moved to Bala.”

Amelia’s aunt Rosemary Crook, who still lives in Redditch, said: “She’s done it all with hardly any coaching, all while being proprietor of Pretty Vintage Tea Rooms, where she starts work early to freshly bake cakes.”

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