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Quantity surveyor Emma Stott, who works for and is sponsored by the North West's largest independent house builder Wainhomes, has been crowned the Masters 1 63kg Commonwealth Raw Bench Press Champion for 2017.
After taking up powerlifting in 2014, Emma realised that she actually enjoyed lifting heavy weights. After discussing it with her personal trainer and having trained for just five months, Emma decided to compete in the Lancashire and Cheshire Championships for North West Powerlifting - and came second!
This gave Emma bags of confidence and she upped her training from hourly sessions over four days to gruelling two and a half hour sessions over five days a week.
With less than three years experience, Emma decided to enter the English Bench Press Championships in Horncastle earlier this year, which she won with a personal best lift of 70kg. This qualified her to represent England in South Africa for the 2017 Commonwealth Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships. The championships were held over seven days, in Potchestroom, a city south of Johannesburg, where Emma came away the proud champion with a lift of 70kg and the award of second best lifter of the Masters 1 over all weight categories.
Today, just three years after taking up the sport, Emma is now the Masters 1 63kg 2017 Commonwealth Raw Bench Press Champion and lies third in the country in Masters 1 Full Power competition within British Powerlifting. She is also the English and North West Deadlift record holder and holds the North West Overall Total record for this class within her Federation.
Wainhomes are extremely proud of Emma's achievements and look to actively support her in her pursuit of further success.