I chose to change clubs when we moved house three years ago, and am celebrating two years now at Brussels Weightlifting School (BWS) under the watchful eyes of Anna Van Bellinghen and the rest of the team. In addition, I have had video analysis coaching from the wonderful Michaela Breeze (double Olympian from Wales) for the last six months.
Serious difference now in technique and training, noticed by many folks who have known me for ages. Heading into the Euro Masters in June with much better skills and confidence, and appreciate my club, coaches and teammates very much. 🙂
I have now set two new Belgian national records this year, and am aiming to take that last one soon!
It has been a busy year, and as my new coach points out, I compete a lot. I finished off 2017 in Australia in October as a visitor to the Open section of the Australian, Oceanic and Pacific Rim Masters at the Gold Coast. Loved the weather, and the medal did not hurt either!
From the Europeans in Hungary (bronze medal) to the Worlds in Barcelona (4th place, and then to the inaugural Asian Pacific Master games in Penang, Malaysia ( gold medal!), it has been a busy time. Also won Best Female Master in my region of Belgium this year, and am set to compete this month in the Belgian Masters for the last year of this current age and weight group setting.
Photos below. After the Belgian Masters, a well deserved rest and we set what next year brings, both in terms of a new age category and new weight classes. Never a dull moment in lifting!
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In April, I did the ultimate in roadtrips to lift in the World Cup Masters in Tokyo. I had a good time, did some international refereeing and won the silver in my group.
In June, right after moving house and with my husband recovering from a small stroke, I still went to Tenerife for everyone’s favorite competition, the Eleiko Women’s Grand Prix (ladies only, from all parts of the globe). Warm, but did well again with 5 of 6.
In July, did the Waregem International Masters and Ladies Open, with an excellent 6 for 6 and a new post-op PB in the total. Still have to offload some of those photos (note to self!)
Some of the photos are below. In the Fall, I have the Belgian Masters and the World Masters. And then we decide if we are going to go for the World Master Games 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand….
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I made it back to fitness for the European Master Games, as I wanted. But then, I said, what the heck, let’s do the national seniors as I am already fit and can see all my national colleagues. It was for fun, so why not? So I lifted, got five for six [missed one was a bit of a dare from Tom VT 🙂 ] and got another senior title at the tender age of 51. [Note: Yes, Yasmine is my weight but not my age group and she is progressing well as a cadet. But by the time we would meet to directly compete, I will be in a Zimmer frame. :-0 ]
So now my coach Tino has me on two months “active rest” where I keep the power up and take it a lot easier. He is very happy with what I achieved after surgery, and so am I.
Looking forward to some fun comps next year in Japan and Tenarife!
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On 23 April, I had major surgery with a total hysterectomy. And on 3 October, after five months of rehab and recovery, I did what I love and lifted again in international competition. Got all six lifts with all white lights, a silver medal, and achieved my world qualifying total for next year. Very happy outcome, with serious thanks to my rehab team and ironically enough, my Italian competitor and her coach who both played a part in my success this weekend in helping coaching me. Masters weightlifting is about everyone doing their best and having fun, and that is why I love it. Met some lovely folks as well, and had a great time, shame about the extreme rainy weather…. which was over by Sunday as you see in the last photo……..