In a weightlifting competition, a 10-year-old girl wins by lifting three times her body weight.


In a weightlifting competition, a 10-year-old girl wins by lifting three times her body weight.

A 10-year-old girl has won the top prize in a national strongwoman competition, defeating adults from all around the UK.

At a national weightlifting competition in Gloucester on Sunday, Aeryn-Ejjina Atkinson took first place in the silver dollar deadlift. She won the competition, which was her first, by heaving a 96-kilogram barbell off the floor in a semi-squatting motion similar to a dead lift, outweighing the other six competitors by three times their body weight.

Because it used to be done with two buckets of silver dollar coins on the ends of a metal bar, the challenge is known as the silver dollar lift.

Aeryn, who stands only four feet six inches tall and was the lightest competitor in the tournament, also set a personal best with a 22.5kg log push, which she performed by lifting weights off her shoulders straight above her head.

She also placed fifth in an event called the yolk walk, carrying a 65kg barbell across her back and lugging it a full 15 meters in 32 seconds.

“I feel proud and I am excited for my next competition,” Aeryn, from Telford, Shropshire, said.

“I’ve always wanted to compete in the Olympics, but I never imagined I’d be doing it at the age of ten,” she says. I wasn’t expecting to be drawn to powerful women, but once I did, I knew that was the genre for me.”

In order to be like her hero Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the Olympic hopeful trains twice a day.

Aeryn became interested in lifting after seeing her father, Craig, 40, practice and seeing the sport on television. Her parents were initially apprehensive about allowing her to begin lifting weights.

She made herself a barbell out of Lego at the age of seven, and her parents eventually gave in and found her a proper coach.

She now trains for at least two hours a day, beginning at 5 a.m. while her parents and brother Jovan, 11, are sleeping, and continuing after her homework is completed.

“The Rock wakes up at five o’clock, so I thought I’d give it a shot, and now it’s just a habit,” she explained.

“I enjoy it, but I get fatigued occasionally, so I tell myself, ‘You did this yesterday, so you can do it again.’ I am capable of doing so. “Brinkwire Summary News,” says I.


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