Billa’s power is hidden from view
A QUICK glance at Bundaberg's Billa Hamilton gives no indication of the power she possesses - but a closer look reveals the strong shoulders and legs that shot her to a GPC World Powerlifting Championship in Las Vegas.
Competing in the 67.5kg class Hamilton won the world title in her class, and third overall, by lifting a combined weight of 475kg.
The training she did to squat 182.5kg, bench press 102.5kg and deadlift 190kg had her body prepared to take on the best in the world, all she had to do was tune up mentally in the lead up.
Lifters who have the best technique and the most power don't always win, those who have the mental strength have the upper hand in the heat of competition.
And Hamilton's coach, Shaun Housman, prepared her body and mind perfectly for the world championships.
Hamilton said her will to win was so strong a spur-of-the-moment visit to the gym was the final piece to having her at 100% ready to face the world's best and win the title.
"I always deadlifted sumo and the weight wasn't coming up," Hamilton said.
"I was so frustrated on a Friday night when I was deadlifting and I thought I am not going to the Baffle (Creek). I would come in and try conventional and I did PBs."
Changing her lifting style was not the ideal way to finish a 12-week training program but it was exactly what Hamilton needed and she is now more motivated than ever.
Ranked number one overall in Australia, and third in the world, is not enough for Hamilton - she wants to break the 500kg barrier.
All her weights will have to increase and through the same support she received before the world titles Hamilton knew she was able to do it.
"Being number one in Australia was what I wanted but now I wanted to get to 500kg (505kg is the world record)," she said.
"I had to thank Shaun Housman, The Foundry (her home gym) members for their support before and during the competition and the excellent atmosphere to train in and Jareb Cowan my training partner and handler, and his patient approach.
"And especially my family for their support and encouragement."
Hamilton is now looking forward to lifting in Proraw 7 in six weeks time in a heavier class among the best lifters in Australia.
She has set new goals and promised there were bigger results to come.
Squat: 182.5kg (PB)
Deadlift: 190kg (PB)
Total: 475kg (PB)