Club member Lisa Pilkington has been picked to represent England in the upcoming Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships in St John’s, Canada on September 15th – 21st.
Lisa, who captains the ladies’ 1st team at squash and is also a qualified Personal Trainer, first became interested in weight training when she started a painting and decorating business and needed to lift heavy ladders.
She moved into powerlifting and started entering competitions just over a year ago and is now ranked 4 for England overall and 3 for the bench press, the discipline in which she’ll compete in Canada.
The England team is largely self-funded and a GoFundMe page started by Lisa’s friends and family raised the £2,000 needed in just six days.
“I am totally humbled by everyone’s generosity and support,” said Lisa. “I have wanted to represent my country ever since I can remember and am super-excited to get the chance.”