Bobbie proves shes got what it takes

A sports student from Dudley College is celebrating after setting a new British record in the British Drug Free Powerlifting competition.

Bobbie Butters age 18 from Brierley Hill who is studying the BTEC Sports Science Extended Diploma competed in the squat/bench and dead lift category against powerlifters from all over Great Britain.

Bobbie said: "I started training at an early age but only went into competitions less then 12 months ago.   I thoroughly enjoy the sport and wish I had entered competitions earlier, it has really boosted my confidence and made me more determined to be the best I can.  I know I can lift even more."

"When I first came to College I didn't have much confidence and thought I wasn't that good in this sport but my tutors soon recognised my ability and encouraged me to train and believe in myself more.  I now know I can do even better and am looking forward to the next competition."

At the competition held in the Beaconside Sports Centre, Stafford, Bobbie gave it her best shot and amazed herself when she lifted more than her own bodyweight in bench, over double her own bodyweight in the deadlift and set a new British record for the deadlift which was 126.5kg.

Sports tutor Martin Beastall said: "Bobbie has excelled in the sport of power lifting and has inspired more students to train for the sport from the college's own strength and conditioning programme which boasts a state of the art lifting facility."

Bobbie trains at the College's gym and Megagym in Dudley Port, Tipton where she is a personal trainer.

The trip to Stafford proved worthwhile with Bobbie achieving her personal best performance which secured her the title.  She got awarded best lifter and came first for her age and weight.  

Her next competition is the World Championships in Glasgow and she is already training hard and looking forward to it.