CHAMPION powerlifter Christina Chamley says training for a completely different sport has helped her bring home a national title.
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Christina competed at the Australian Powerlifting Championships held in Newcastle last month, winning her third consecutive Australian title.

She won her division, and for the first time took out the competition’s Best Female Bench Presser.

She had the perfect lifting day, successfully bench pressing all three of her attempts: 77.5, 82.5 and finally 85kgs.

It was a prolapsed disc in her back in April 2011 that saw her take up outrigger canoeing, a sport which would eventually help to reignite her passion for powerlifting.

“I went away from the sport for about six months (after the injury).” Chamley said.

“During that time I took up training with the Cradle Coast Outrigger Canoe Club, and even competed at the National Marathon Championships in May this year.

“When I returned I felt ready to go back to the gym, and then realised I was still competitive in the bench press, so I made the snap decision to compete.”

Chamley has now qualified to compete at the World Masters Bench Press Championships to be held in Prague in April 2013, where she expects to do well.

“If I improve before then, and lift well on the day, I know I will be competitive.”

The accomplishment marks a rapid improvement for the 42-year-old Burnie mother.

“Two years ago at my first Nationals, I bench pressed 52.5kgs and I have added 32.5kgs to my bench press since then.

“It just goes to prove everything improves with practice and training. I encourage everyone one, but especially women, to find a sport that they enjoy, pursue it and reap the benefits of training.”

Christina Chamley trains at Wynyard’s Powerstation Gym after returning from the Australian Powerlifting Championships where she won her third consecutive Australian title. Picture: Tony Cross.

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