Rochdale News | Sports News | Rochdale powerlifter wins bronze at International World Championships

Date published: October 21, 2021

A weightlifter from Rochdale won bronze at the International Powerlifting Federation World Championships in Sweden.

Geneviève Collins, 40, represented the British team at the Swedish championships last month, where she won a bronze medal and a place on the podium in the Masters 1 women’s category (63kg-69kg) after squatting 145kg, benched 82.5kg and deadlift 167kg. Lifters have three attempts each to build their total score, with the highest winning its category. His total score was 395.0.

The mum-of-three described the experience as ‘unnerving’ but said she was ‘ecstatic’ to achieve such a high total score on her first outing, adding that she found working out to be an experience “enabling”.

She explained: “I love being able to hit the gym. A lot of women think they’re going to get bulky, but they’re not. It’s very empowering.

“I had an amazing time being among the strongest women in the world. I love lifting weights and being around such inspiring women and I’m so grateful to have had this opportunity.

Genevieve Collins represented Team GB at the International Powerlifting Federation World Championships
Geneviève successfully lifted 167 kg (26.2 stones). Photo: White Lights Media

Geneviève started amateur sport five years ago while recovering from a knee injury. a Full Contact personal trainer suggested trying it during his sports rehabilitation. She had already played a lot of netball and went to the gym regularly before falling in love with weightlifting.

Genevieve, who has her own baking business, Rocco Cocoa Cakes, entered her first national competition before Covid hit, where she placed fourth, qualifying for the British Masters, which she won in July of this year, cementing him a place on the GB team. Previously, she had participated in eight regional competitions and championships, regularly placing between first and fourth place.

Genevieve Collins represented Team GB at the International Powerlifting Federation World Championships
Photo: White Lights Media

Now working at the Full Contact Performance Center where she still trains, Geneviève hopes to compete at next year’s World Championships in Canada and the European Championships in Lithuania, and is looking for sponsorships to make it happen.

She said, “Because it’s an amateur sport, there’s no money. The World Championships next year and the European Championships are two big events I would like to attend and fight for a place on the podium; hopefully I’ll do a little better than third – I’ll try to get the gold.

This year she was sponsored by Amber Pets, Carter & Carter Solicitors and The Merry Monk.

To help Genevieve compete in next year’s competitions, please visit GoFundMe: