POWERLIFTING: Having plenty of confidence in her body, Bundaberg's Billa Hamilton lifted to new heights at the recent GPC National Powerlifting titles.

Competing on the Gold Coast in the 67.5kg women's weight class, the co-owner of the Foundry gym lifted three times her body weight in a deadlift to set a world record for that class.

To top it all off, her overall lifted total of 500kg in three disciplines - deadlift, bench press and squat - broke the Australian record.

Taking home the gold medal for the event, Hamilton said good training helped her achieve the records.

"Leading into the competition I was consistently hitting my target weights and reps and was feeling confident," she said.

"My coach (Shaun Housman) has a lot of experience handling elite athletes and on the day his belief and expertise had me feeling good."

Not lifting those weights before in training or competition, Hamilton said a rehearsed process of lifting guided her to the record.

Her achievement wasn't the only success for the Foundry, with others also performing well.

Like Hamilton, Rachel Hunt also claimed gold with a win in the 52kg women's weight class.

Hunt also recorded a national records in the deadlift at 162.5kg.

She said the best thing about her performance was lifting three times her body weight.

In other results Bellice Olima improved her personal best total by 20kg in the women's 90kg class, and Anna Bryant lifted well in the women's 60kg class.

Finally Ace Kirkwood finished second in his weight division.

With Foundry providing great results, Hamilton said all athletes were committed to their training and should be proud of pushing themselves to new goals.



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