Women’s Hall of Fame – 2020
When did you begin Powerlifting?
I started with just push/pull events in 1997 and didn’t start squatting until 2003.
What is your athletic background?
I’ve loved lifting weights since I was a young teenager and even gave bodybuilding a try. I also played Rugby in college.
How did you get into Powerlifting?
A friend of mine suggested I try a bench press competition with him after having a neck fusion. I’ve been hooked ever since that very first competition.
First meet experience?
It was at a non-sanctioned bench press competition where there were only 2 other females. It was held on a high school basketball court and was such a blast!
I would say my best meet was the 2016 IPF Master World Championship in Tallin, Estonia where I have the highest total of my career, 390kg.
I have held the Washington State Chair position for a few terms (can’t remember exactly how many), National Level Referee, meet director and I am also the State Chair Committee Chair. I hold several Washington State records. I have competed on the National Team 9 times. I have medaled 8 of the 9 times.
Highlights / Memorable events?
My first Women’s Nationals was a highlight and a very memorable event. And every time I competed on the National Team in an IPF event will be memorable. Meeting fabulous people from all over our country and the world will be the biggest highlight of my lifting career.
Who influenced you in Powerlifting?
I can’t really say there was any one person who influenced me. I have seen some pretty amazing things happen on the platform from so many talented women around the world, I would have to say they have all influenced me in one way or another.
Contributions in Powerlifting?
I have contributed to powerlifting by becoming a National level referee, meet director, state chair, and the State Chair Committee Chair. I would like to think I have also contributed to the sport by empowering other women to take a risk and get involved. Ladies of Iron meets.
As your name goes down in history, what would you like to be most remembered for?
I hope I would be remembered for being a friendly and supportive teammate as well as a consistent competitor. But most of all I hope I’m remembered for being an ambassador for our sport for the young, the old and everyone in-between.
What words of wisdom would you like to pass down to the future female powerlifters?
Start now, no matter what your level is. Don’t worry what other people say or think about your involvement. Do this sport for you and don’t let other people’s insecurities influence your decision to be involved. Powerlifting can be a life-changing sport and you will find support within the community.