WARWICK teenager Karenjeet Bains has dedicated her British Universities Powerlifting victory to her friend Ambika Acharya who died tragically last month.
Former Myton School student Bains tasted success at Cambridge’s University Sports Centre on March 12 at her first attempt.
The 19-year-old represented Durham University and went into the event high in confidence as the reigning British and English powerlifting Champion.
Bains achieved 122.5kg in the Squat, and equalled her personal best of 65kg in the Bench Press. On her final lift of the competition, she was roared on by the crowd to a phenomenal 147.5kg in the Deadlift, which was a new personal best in the discipline.
Her unequipped total of 335kg across all three lifts equalled her Under-23 British record, and was statistically the strongest pound for pound lifter in the women’s competition across all weight categories.
“I’ve really enjoyed my first British Universities Powerlifting Championships, and am glad I put in a performance that reflected the hard work and dedication I’ve put in to the sport,” said Bains.
“With another four years remaining in the same age category, I am very much looking forward to building upon my performances and seeing how far I can really go.”