Strongarm school girl sets record

2011-06-13 00:00

A FORMER Howick Preparatory School pupil has smashed records in her age group for lifting 125 kg, which is twice her body weight.

Bronwyn “Bronski” Taylor (15), who weighs 66 kg, has been doing deadlifts for seven months.

She has been a full-time boxer since 2010 and is a member of Inverness City Amateur Boxing Club.

She is a fifth-year pupil at Culloden Academy, a local high school.

Bronwyn’s family spent five years travelling between Howick and Inverness and during that time she and the brother, Cosmo, attended the school from 2007 to 2008.

Her first 125 kg deadlift, which is said to equal the weight of a baby elephant, was on May 27. Bronwyn repeated the lift again on June 3.

A girl of her age is expected to pick up a maximum weight of 60 kg.

The director of Great Britain Powerlifting Federation, John Jackson, was quoted saying, “For a girl to be able to lift a weight such as this is quite remarkable.

“Every once in a blue moon you get someone incredible, almost Neolithic strength, coming along, and this is what we think we may have.”

Bronwyn’s record-breaking lift happened during her normal Friday night deadlift session.

She said she started doing deadlift sessions in a gym with her dad because she wanted improve her upper body strength for boxing.

“I took six months off my sports to concentrate on improving my strength,” she told The Witness.

Bronwyn trains six times a week. She started with 40 kg and gradually increased the capacity.

Her strict diet consists of tuna, meat, eggs, salads and milk.

“I’m very pleased that I can lift those kilograms, but I think there’s still room for improvement,” Bronwyn said.

“This had me focused on my training. I was interviewed by BBC Scotland and I told the presenter that I aim to lift 136 kg by July 1,” she added.

Her grade five class teacher, Gillon Blaine, said, “Bronwyn has always been active, enthusiastic and she loved her sport. In class she was keen to learn since she was from Scotland. She was well-liked by other kids and they were sad when she left.”

Blaine told The Witness that Bronwyn also does karate and “put the boys to shame” because she is good at it.

When she’s not in the gym practising her punches or lifting weights, Bronwyn enjoys going out with her friends, shopping, watching movies and putting on make-up.

Her dream is to fight in the 2016 Olympic Games.

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