MAX POWER FOR CROOK: Kate lifts to national record
POWERLIFTING: Sometimes in life all you need is to be pointed in the right direction.
Bundaberg's Kate Crook was training one day at The Foundry and "just doing her thing” as she focused on improving her triathlon skills.
The next moment, her sporting life had completely changed and she was a powerlifter.
"The people there were like 'you are pretty strong, you should think about competing',” she said.
"I then signed up with a coach on a proper program and after that I could think about competing.”
Crook made that decision last year and has not looked back.
She is now a champion after winning the GPC Spring Cup in Brisbane with a total lift of 240kg in three disciplines in her age group and weight.
The 17-year-old now holds the national record in the squat (92.5kg), bench (50kg), dead (97.5kg) and total lifts.
"I looked at the record beforehand and knew they were within reach,” she said.
"I was very happy to get them.”
Crook said the lifts weren't near her personal bests but she wasn't complaining too much.
She loves her new sport.
"Triathlon has been something I've got a few injuries from, so it has put me out of it for a while,” she said.
"That might be one of the reasons I love powerlifting.
"It's been a challenge to try to convert my body from endurance stuff to power straight away.”
The change has been a boost for Crook as well.
"Being in the gym and doing weight training I've put muscle on so that's been the positive,” she said.
"It's not so much a confidence thing, I just feel stronger in general.
"The Foundry have definitely been the greatest as well, can't imagine training at another gym for strength.”
Crook's achievements are also significant with the St Luke's Anglican School student completing Year 12 this year and in the process of doing exams.
"I try to be organised in what you've got to do,” she said.
"I would love to now go off to the world championships and there's a competition in Australia which is an invitation only, I've always wanted to go to it some day.”
Crook will now focus on competing again at the start of next year in potentially another weight division as she chases more records.
- All are records in her age group of 16 to 17-year-olds with a weight of under 52kg.