Aug. 20, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
From watching the powerlifting nationals in 2018 on television, to qualifying and taking that very stage in 2019 - Apikera Thomas has trained extensively in powerlifting over the past year with aspirations to take the world stage.
Mrs Thomas said her inspiration to enter the sport came after watching a livestream of whānau competing and says she’s been encouraged right throughout her journey.
“Seeing whānau from Kaitāia compete on that national stage doing something that was seemingly impossible was enough encouragement to want to be there,'' said Mrs Thomas.
Not only a powerlifter, but a mother and wife as well - Apikera said there’s more to the sport than just being in the gym with the mental aspects playing a huge part of training and preparation. Naturally, each day starts with karakia with her whānau something she says starts her day off right.
“Each day we start with karakia and that triggers the right frame of mind,” said Mrs Thomas.
Three different lifts are associated with powerlifting: deadlift, squat and bench press where athletes attempt the maximum weight on the three lifts.
The 2019 National Classic & Equipped Powerlifting Championships being this week starting on 21 - 25th AUgust in Auckland.
Mrs Thomas made special mention of those who have assisted to get her to the position she’s in today. From sponsorship of equipment to registrations and aroha, Mrs Thomas wishes to thank Kaiora & Francis Tipene, Leticia & Tangaroa as well as her husband Kingi and their tamariki.
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