AFTER powering her way to glory at the BDFPA National Champs earlier this year, where she broke bench press records and was crowned best female lifter, weightlifter Kathryn Holley had it all to do at the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation (WDFPF) Championships in Antwerp.
The 35-year-old teacher who only took up weightlifting after the grind and grunt of running marathons took its usual wear and tear on her body, went in all guns blazing.
Despite suffering from a slight cold and a twinge in her shoulder, which could well have been the weight of expectation, Holley gave it her all. And her steely resolve paid off handsomely. She powered her way to a first in the Bench Unequipped category.
Proud dad Karl Holley mad the trip with his daughter and upon their return told the Chronicle, “It was an outstanding result for Kathryn and we’re all very proud of her. She was slightly disappointed not to break the world record.
“However, she’ll be back in action and looking to go one batter at the Ireland Four Nations competition in July where she will be competing for Wales.”