Podiatrist Joins Team Scotland

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Wednesday July 12 2017

Just 18 months after taking up power-lifting Judith Davison (pictured), a podiatrist for NHS Highland, is now looking forward to her first international power lifting competition representing Team Scotland.

Judith, who is based in the Inner Moray Firth Operational Unit, started power lifting in 2016 after being encouraged to try it by fellow podiatrist, power lifter and former Scottish record holder, Martha Gates.

Having competed at both local and national levels as a Masters 1 competitor over the last 18months Judith explained she is delighted to have achieved the qualifying total for her age and weight category which has in turn led to her successful nomination and first international competition for Team Scotland.

She will be part of a 26-strong team travelling to Potchefstroom, South Africa in September this year to compete at the Commonwealth Power Lifting Games.

She said:

“Power lifting consists of three main lifts – squat, bench press and deadlift.  

“In competition each lift is attempted three times, with the aim of increasing the weight lifted at each attempt. 

“Each lift is judged by three judges, who give either a white or red light depending on what they are each observing technically with the lift.

“A minimum of two white lights per lift results in a good lift.

“For women, taking up power lifting has many health benefits.

“Both aerobic and resistance training exercise can provide weight-bearing stimulus to bone and it is thought that weight bearing exercise also provides the mechanical stimuli important for maintenance and improvement of bone – crucial in the prevention of osteoporosis.

“Power lifting also enables you to push your mental boundaries, and by building lean muscle and acquiring physical strength physical stability is increased and the body starts to work more effectively under stress.”

Judith added:

“I’m excited to be part of Team Scotland and am looking forward to travelling to South Africa later in the year.

“I'm honoured to be part of a team representing the country that I have called home for the last 13 years.

“This competition will be a new challenge but one I intend to enjoy.”

Both Judith and Martha are members of the Highland Barbell Club and train at The Forge Gym in Inverness, which has four lifters heading to South Africa later this year.  



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