SHE’s 4ft 11in and weighs just seven stone.
But despite her slight frame, Marina Cornwall is a record-breaking powerlifter who hopes to represent the UK and become a world champion in her sport.
The 58-year-old, who is a personal trainer at Fitness First, in Fratton, Portsmouth, will find out on January 26 whether she has made it through to the International Powerlifting Federation’s Classic Powerlifting World Championships in Russia.
Marina has to prove to officials in Peckham, south-east London, on the day that she’s improved on her abilities since becoming the UK champion at The Great Britain Powerlifting Federation’s Powerlifting Championships before officials decide whether she should make the UK team that will go to the event in June.
Marina clinched first place at the UK event in October after lifting 120kg in weights from the floor, 50.5kg off a bench and 75kg from a squatting position.
Marina, who has been a bodybuilder for 13 years and a powerlifter for a year, said: ‘It’s going to be out of this world representing my country on such a big stage.
‘People have visions of a bodybuilder and think that a female one will look like a man.
‘But I’m only seven stone and I’m under 5ft tall.
‘When people come to see me they do a double take and assume that it can’t be me who does all these things.
‘I enjoy powerlifting because you can either lift the weight or you can’t.
‘But with bodybuilding it’s one judge’s say over another.
‘I like to have goals and things to work towards.
‘And because I’m a personal trainer I always like to set my clients challenges; whether it be a 10k run or a marathon.’
Marina is also seventh in the world for women’s bodybuilding, a title she claimed at Atlantic City, in America.
And last year she clinched fifth place in the International Powerlifting Federation’s Women’s Classics Powerlifting World Cup in Sweden and silver in the Western European Powerlifting Championships.
Marina’s passion for fitness began in the 1980s when she began training to be a contender for TV entertainment series Gladiators in Frater Lane, Gosport.