Sisters aim for World Classic Powerlifting Champs

2017-04-26 06:00
Patricia (left) and Samantha Harding have been chosen for the South African Powerlifting Team to compete at the 2017 World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Minsk, Belarus.Photo:SUPPLIED

Patricia (left) and Samantha Harding have been chosen for the South African Powerlifting Team to compete at the 2017 World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Minsk, Belarus.Photo:SUPPLIED

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TWO sisters from Port Elizabeth, Patricia (16) and Samantha Harding (18), have been chosen for the South African Powerlifting Team to compete at the 2017 World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Minsk, Belarus and they need help getting there.

The sisters, who are attending Westering High School in Grade 11 and 12 respectively, have only been doing powerlifting for a year and they have already managed to make quite a name for themselves.

“They had been watching other athletes doing it in the gym, and it all started when Andrew Ludik, who is coaching them, asked them to try it out,” said their mother, Jacqueline Harding, who is also their manager.

Patricia’s list of accomplishments includes breaking the South African Deadlift record, receiving the prize in 2016 for Eastern Cape Most Improved – Women’s Powerlifting and placing first at the SA Raw Powerlifting Championships in Potchefstroom this year.

Samantha boasts with achieving first place in all Eastern Cape competitions in her weight division in 2016, receiving the prize for Eastern Cape C-League – Women unequipped Powerlifting and qualifying for the SA Raw Powerlifting Championship in Potchefstroom.

It will cost R200 000 for the girls, Jacqueline and coach Andrew Ludik to attend the World Classic Powerlifting Championships. They are currently trying to raise funds in any way possible, including raffle forms and muffin sales, but raising such a large amount of money is not an easy task.

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime for any girls their age. They would love to make Port Elizabeth and South Africa proud of them,” Jacqueline said.

The Harding sisters share more than just a passion for powerlifting. They also love music, play chess and do cross-country running.

Patricia dreams of one day studying tourism or to become a chef, while Samantha is planning on studying sports management, fitness and nutrition and personal training.

Both hope to either work on passenger liners after completing their studies or au pair in Holland.

For the moment, though, their biggest goal in life is making it to The World Classic Powerlifting Championships which will take place from June 14 to 25.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation or sponsor them can contact Jacqueline on 083 650 9029 or
jacqueline.harding47@gmail.com.

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