Aneela Rose celebrated winning first place at the at the AWPC World Powerlifting Championships.

Aneela was representing Team GB and is now officially a World Champion Powerlifter.

She said, "To say I’m happy is an understatement. I scored my highest to date with a total of 242.5kg in the Masters category with a 53kg bodyweight. I also matched the British Record of 87.5kg in the squat.

"All the hard graft, time commitment, emotional and physical challenges hasn’t been easy but I wanted it so badly and with family support I have achieved a level I only ever dreamed about."

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Aneela’s sporting journey began after the 2012 London Olympics, when she was inspired to start throwing her javelin again after a 25 year break competing whilst at school.

She joined Crawley Athletics Club and after suffering consistent shoulder injuries she was advised to take up strength training to help her upper body.

It quickly became apparent that Aneela was strong for her petite stature and was encouraged to continue training with heavy weights.

She competed in her first British Powerlifting Championship in 2016 with GPC-GB winning silver followed by first place in 2017 at the GPC-GB British Finals in Welwyn Garden City.

Aneela won the More Radio Sports Award 2017 and is also shortlisted in the prestigious Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2018 in the Sports Category, winners announced on 9th May 2018 to a star-studded audience at the Park Lane Hilton.

Upon receiving the invitation to the Euros, Aneela said, “As a teenager I dreamt of representing my country in sport and here we are two decades later! I’m really proud I’ve persevered, it’s a challenge juggling my work and family around training and the diet is so hard to maintain at times as body weight directly affects the lifts.  

“There’s a fantastic network of people in the powerlifting community and I couldn’t achieve what I do without their advice and support."

She added her next goal was to break all the three world records in squat, bench press and deadlift in 2019.