Swindon’s Charlie Shotton-Gale believes she has a British record in her sights after making a promising return to action after injury.
Shotton-Gale returned to action at the World Powerlifting Championships in Luxembourg and the Swindon Barbell star was pleased with her first competitive outing after a year out because of injuries.
Having lifted a total of 540kg at the World Championships, Shotton-Gale came up just 17.5kg shy of the all-time British powerlifting record total of any female at any weight.
Shotton-Gale will now target that record in 2016 along with a medal at the European Championships in May.
At the World Championships, Shotton-Gale finished the squat with a personal best on the international platform of 210kg.
On the bench, Shotton-Gale recovered from a shaky start to lift 130kg, just 2.5kg short of her personal best at any competition.
Shotton-Gale then turned her attentions to the deadlift and began with a solid lift of 185kg. Moving onto 197.5kg, she lost her grip and failed the lift despite looking odds on to complete it successfully.
Unperturbed by the mistake, Shotton-Gale and her coach Arun Singh decided to go for the British deadlift record of 200kg which she pulled easily and held long after the down signal.
A delighted Shotton-Gale told Your Sport Swindon: “It was only recently that one of my lifters, Matt, pointed out to me I had the third highest total of any British female, of any body weight, in history. Also, that the highest total ever was only 27.5kg away.
“This competition has given me so much confidence, I still have the injury, but it is manageable. With some very clever programming and training, I could be breaking the 555kg total barrier in February, at the GBPF British Championships, to take the all-time highest British female total.”
“Once I have achieved that, my next aim is to get another medal in the European Championships in May.
“I’d also like to thank my sponsors Mike McGuire’s butchers and Princess Homecare for their unwavering dedication and support, along with her family, friends and fellow athletes.”
If you would like more information on powerlifting, Swindon Barbell or strength sports in Wiltshire you can contact Charlie via the Swindon Barbell Facebook page.