A 51-year-old woman from Staverton has just become a power lifting world record breaker.
Swimming teacher Sally Alberici-Trueman only took up power lifting 10 months after watching a friend in action and deciding it might be fun – and began training in her garage.
Two months ago she took part in the British championships in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, where she broke the British and European deadlift record.
Last week she travelled to Antwerp in Belgium to take part in the world championships, where she won the deadlift section for her age and weight and broke the world record.
Sally, who runs swimming sessions out of Dartington’s Bidwell Brook school, said: “I have spent the past few months training hard in our garage using a programme prepared for me by Mark, my husband. It was exciting to attend the championships and experiencing and meeting people from all over the world.
“It certainly was nerve racking, walking out on the stage with three judges and lots of people watching, but I managed to stay focused on my lifting.
“I feel elated and thrilled with the result. To come first and break the world record was actually quite emotional for me and it was wonderful to be able to share this with my husband, as I couldn’t of achieved this success without his help, guidance and support – team Trueman all the way.”
Sally has run the Brighton Marathon in the past and goes cycling and running.
Her husband Mark, a therapist who is also her trainer, said she did not become involved in power lifting until just 10 months ago: “We had a friend who was competing locally last year and we went to support him at Tiverton. Sally decided that it looked like fun and she would like to give it a try.”
He said that Sally has now competed in three championships – breaking records in two of them.
At Antwerp she beat the world record of 135 kilos by lifting 136k with a bodyweight of 54k.