Junior PowerLifting Champion at Steve's Gym

Shachar's journey

Hello my name is Shachar Head, I am a G.C.S.E student at Newton Abbot College in Devon with a passion and unique skill for powerifting, not the natural choice for a 15 year old girl I am sure you will agree.

Allow me to tell you a little bit about my journey.

I was born 13 weeks premature weighing just 2lbs 13oz, and my parents were told by the doctors I was a little fighter!

I had a healthy happy child hood up until I reached secondary school, where I encountered very unpleasant bullying due to my larger frame. I was a member of the local athletic club at the time when my dad suggested I go to the local gym to help build my self esteem. It was during these visits I was introduced to weights and took part in a power lifting club where my peers identified my natural skill and told my dad that I should take the sport further.

I started training 4-5 times a week and thoroughly enjoyed it and before long I was lifting some pretty impressive weights, I was then encouraged to take part in the local south west divisional drug free powerlifting competitions where I was immediately breaking British and European records

Due to such successes I qualified for the British championships and went on to smash my previous records which naturally qualified me for the Europeans. I broke 4 world records 125kg squat, 73kg bench and 143 deadlift and the total at just 14 years old and all this in my first year of lifting!

After this amazing first year I carried on my training at my local gym, and this is where I approached Chris Morgan who is a world class competitor and referee, to help coach me for the Drug free world championships in Glasgow November of this year. With his expert help and guidance I went on to break all 4 world records yet again 125.5kg squat, 75kg bench and 150kg deadlift and the total, I also won a gold medal for my age and weight category and a silver for the overall weight category and One of my dreams is to become an ambassador for the sport and help to get powerlifing into the Olympics where funding and support would be easier to access, I owe it to the people who have supported me along the way and to highlight the amazing athletes that take part in this sport, with little or no recognition.

I was born 13 weeks premature weighing just 2lbs 13oz, and my parents were told by the doctors I was a little fighter!