Powerlifting Binbrook grandma Linda Rousseau, 63, sets world record in Orlando

Sports Jul 10, 2017 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

While others her age are playing contract bridge or counting down the days until retirement, Linda Rousseau is lifting weights and breaking records.

Rousseau, 63, set a world record for the M3 84-kilogram weight category at the North American Regional Powerlifting Championships on July 5, with a squat lift of 120 kilograms.

Then, at the same event, the Binbrook grandmother broke her own record and tied a personal best, with a squat lift of 122.5 kilograms.

“I feel good about that because even though I’m getting older, I’m still getting stronger,” Rousseau said July 7.

In just her fifth year of powerlifting, Rousseau has accomplished things she never thought were possible.

Rousseau previously squat lifted 122.5 kilograms at a provincial event. But because her record was not set during an international meet, it was not considered official by the International Powerlifting Federation until she duplicated the effort on July 5.

The North American championships were held in Orlando, Fla., which happens to be the same place where Rousseau made her international debut.

Working with Team Canada coaches Garrett Bentley and Damien Wilmot, Rousseau gradually worked her way up to her record mark. Rousseau planned to begin at 110 kilograms, but her coaches started her off at 105.

It turned out to be a perfect strategy.

“It was very exciting because you come down and you always hope for the best, but you never know until you’re out there,” said Rousseau.

With longtime coach Susan Abbott watching nearby and an entourage of supporters cheering her on in person and via a live stream, Rousseau didn’t disappoint.

With her bright red hair in honour of Canada Day, she was impossible to overlook.

As a world record holder, Rousseau was selected for drug testing for the first time in her powerlifting career.

More than 400 competitors competed in the world championships, which ran from July 5 to 7.

Powerlifting Binbrook grandma Linda Rousseau, 63, sets world record in Orlando

Sports Jul 10, 2017 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

While others her age are playing contract bridge or counting down the days until retirement, Linda Rousseau is lifting weights and breaking records.

Rousseau, 63, set a world record for the M3 84-kilogram weight category at the North American Regional Powerlifting Championships on July 5, with a squat lift of 120 kilograms.

Then, at the same event, the Binbrook grandmother broke her own record and tied a personal best, with a squat lift of 122.5 kilograms.

“I feel good about that because even though I’m getting older, I’m still getting stronger,” Rousseau said July 7.

In just her fifth year of powerlifting, Rousseau has accomplished things she never thought were possible.

Rousseau previously squat lifted 122.5 kilograms at a provincial event. But because her record was not set during an international meet, it was not considered official by the International Powerlifting Federation until she duplicated the effort on July 5.

The North American championships were held in Orlando, Fla., which happens to be the same place where Rousseau made her international debut.

Working with Team Canada coaches Garrett Bentley and Damien Wilmot, Rousseau gradually worked her way up to her record mark. Rousseau planned to begin at 110 kilograms, but her coaches started her off at 105.

It turned out to be a perfect strategy.

“It was very exciting because you come down and you always hope for the best, but you never know until you’re out there,” said Rousseau.

With longtime coach Susan Abbott watching nearby and an entourage of supporters cheering her on in person and via a live stream, Rousseau didn’t disappoint.

With her bright red hair in honour of Canada Day, she was impossible to overlook.

As a world record holder, Rousseau was selected for drug testing for the first time in her powerlifting career.

More than 400 competitors competed in the world championships, which ran from July 5 to 7.

Powerlifting Binbrook grandma Linda Rousseau, 63, sets world record in Orlando

Sports Jul 10, 2017 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

While others her age are playing contract bridge or counting down the days until retirement, Linda Rousseau is lifting weights and breaking records.

Rousseau, 63, set a world record for the M3 84-kilogram weight category at the North American Regional Powerlifting Championships on July 5, with a squat lift of 120 kilograms.

Then, at the same event, the Binbrook grandmother broke her own record and tied a personal best, with a squat lift of 122.5 kilograms.

“I feel good about that because even though I’m getting older, I’m still getting stronger,” Rousseau said July 7.

In just her fifth year of powerlifting, Rousseau has accomplished things she never thought were possible.

Rousseau previously squat lifted 122.5 kilograms at a provincial event. But because her record was not set during an international meet, it was not considered official by the International Powerlifting Federation until she duplicated the effort on July 5.

The North American championships were held in Orlando, Fla., which happens to be the same place where Rousseau made her international debut.

Working with Team Canada coaches Garrett Bentley and Damien Wilmot, Rousseau gradually worked her way up to her record mark. Rousseau planned to begin at 110 kilograms, but her coaches started her off at 105.

It turned out to be a perfect strategy.

“It was very exciting because you come down and you always hope for the best, but you never know until you’re out there,” said Rousseau.

With longtime coach Susan Abbott watching nearby and an entourage of supporters cheering her on in person and via a live stream, Rousseau didn’t disappoint.

With her bright red hair in honour of Canada Day, she was impossible to overlook.

As a world record holder, Rousseau was selected for drug testing for the first time in her powerlifting career.

More than 400 competitors competed in the world championships, which ran from July 5 to 7.