Bancroft's student Yoma lifts British title in stunning style with record-breaking efforts
PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 September 2018
Bancroft’s School student Yoma Toweh smashed the British power lifting record to bag gold at the under-18s Junior British Powerlifting Championships.
The year 13 student travelled up to Northampton to compete at the event having qualified from her first-ever competition earlier in the year.
And Toweh lifted a total of 347.5kg, which is the heaviest ever weight lifted in British powerlifting by a girl in her age and weight class, despite being an underdog in the competition.
Toweh said: “I was really excited for the competition and it was a huge achievement to break two GB U18 powerlifting records as well as win the competition overall despite some tough competition.”
Before the event she was training with former World champion Arram Eghoyan to build up her strength and conditioning.
Coach Eghoyan added: “We have just scratched the surface of Yoma’s strength potential.”
Toweh’s build-up to the British Championships was not ideal as she didn’t have access to the school gym over the summer, leaving her with just three weeks to prepare.
Once the Championships started, however, it soon became clear who the two main contenders for the title were, and just how close it was going to be.
Toweh had a great start in the squat, breaking the under-18 British record on both her second and third attempts, finishing with 142.5kg, a new British record.
The bench press was the second event, not Yoma’s favourite, but her confidence was boosted by some fantastic lifts in the warm-up area and her coach upped her starting weight from 50kg to 55.5kg (another British record).
The lead then went back and forth between the two contenders with both breaking the record in their second lifts.
Going into the deadlift category, Toweh was in the lead, but needed to stay within 20kg of her opponent – a proven deadlifter.
After watching her opponent break the British record on the deadlift with 150.5kg, Toweh stepped up and convincingly lifted 145kg to seal the top prize.