Cornwall powers on to more glory

Marina Cornwall. Picture: Malcolm Wells
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MARINA CORNWALL is targeting a repeat of her world, European and national success.

The 61-year-old, a personal trainer at Fitness First in Portsmouth, showed she is in top form when she smashed seven records at the British Masters.

She now has her sights set on global domination again.

Cornwall said: ‘I achieved four personal bests, one for each lift – the squat, deadlifts, bench and overall – and then I broke seven British records as well which was great.

‘Next up is the World Championships in Finland, which will be a close one because I’m up against a New Zealand lady and there’s only 0.5kg between what I lift and what she lifts, so I’m going to have to up my game – it’ll be a tough one.

‘It’s always a bit more tricky on an international platform than it is over here as the judges are stricter than they are over here in the UK.

I achieved four personal bests, one for each lift – the squat, deadlifts, bench and overall – and then I broke seven British records as well which was great.

Marina Cornwall

Beyond her world-beating powerlifting performances, The News Sports Awards sportswoman of the year nominee for 2014 is also doing plenty of charity work.

‘I’m open to different challenges and opportunities and it’s good to use my muscles for different things, whether to raise money for charity or for a good cause,’ said Cornwall.

‘It’s important to show your passion and people want to reward you for your dedication so a bit of recognition is lovely.’

Cornwall believes she can go on and achieve plenty more success in the sport – but knows keeping away from injury is key.

She added: ‘One of the powerlifters at a competition last weekend was in his 70s, so I don’t think there should be any age limit on it.

‘Like any sport, it’s about keeping injury-free.

‘As long as you can stay fit and strong then you don’t need to give it up.

‘If I start to get bad results or place badly then I would think it was the time to give up.

‘But I’m still excelling so I see no need to and want to keep going.’