Teacher Lynda Banks

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Lynda Banks

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Lynda Banks took up powerlifting three years in the past

A major faculty head instructor has retained a British powerlifting championship title for the third 12 months operating.

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

The pinnacle of Inverness’ Smithton Main 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 over 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 12 months’s World Championship in Texas.

Previously head instructor at Strathdearn Main College, in Tomatin, close to Inverness, Ms Banks took up the publish at Smithon Main 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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Lynda Banks

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 greatest and in addition 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 underneath what she had lifted earlier than.

Her title profitable whole of 320kg gave her a brand new private greatest 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 house, advised their mums, dads and grandparents to sort ‘Ms Banks’ into YouTube.”

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Lynda Banks competes for the GB’s powerlifting staff

Ms Banks was inspired to take up energy lifting by Gavin Laird, her coach on the health club 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 liked 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 staff for the World Championships in Belarus in June.

The pinnacle instructor mentioned she loved being a part of the household ambiance of her sport, and hopes her function in it evokes others to take up powerlifting or different pursuits.

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