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May 20, 2018 by admin

Record breaking: Powerlifter Kellie Clarke has her sights set on yet another milestone before the end of the year. Picture: Jonathan NgTAHMOOR resident Kellie Clarke broke the Australian deadlift record in the 72-kilogram weight class at the International Powerlifting Federation Total Strength Elite Max competition last week at Mortdale.
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Breaking her own record of 160 kilograms set in July, Clarke, 31, lifted 160.5 kilograms in her most recent event.

Clarke competed with trainer and mentor Joey Zinghini in the competition, which consisted of squats, bench presses and deadlifts. She completed three lifts in each category.

After a knee reconstruction in January, she found a passion in powerlifting on her physiotherapist’s recommendation and started training to compete.

Clarke believes dedication and a desire to succeed has been key to her success and she is eager to improve on her impressive results.

“The training has been pretty tough, I’ve been going consistently since January to get where I’m at now,” she said.

“Recovering from the knee reconstruction and achieving what I have was more of a mental thing than anything else I think, I was just determined to do it.

“The sky’s the limit for me right now. I’m still peaking and believe I can do even better in the future.”

Zinghini praised Clarke’s dedication and commitment and believes her success can inspire other women to attend the gym and break the stereotypes of the sport.

“Overtraining is a myth and Kellie is a typical example of that,” Zinghini said.

“She trains four nights a week and she is not bulky. If anything it has made her more lean, many women think that if they train it will make them bulky and that’s just not true.

“Her story is a bit of an inspiration, especially with the way she’s come back from her injury.

“I don’t even need to train her. She’s got the knowledge already, I play more of a mentoring role.”

Clarke’s laidback attitude in her preparation for competitions has played an important role.

“When we are preparing I think we muck around a lot compared to other competitors, I’m focused but still relaxed at the same time,” she said.

¦ Clarke has her sights set on breaking a record in the Matti Tikka challenge in November.

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