MSc Strength & Conditioning student Bobbie Butters won three medals at the European Open, Sub-Junior and Junior Classic Powerlifting Championships whilst representing Team GB in Lithuania in November 2018.
Bobbie won silver in the squat event with 160kg, and a silver in the Bench event with 95kg. Bobbie then went on to claim bronze overall with a total of 427.5kg in the Women -57kg weight category, ranking her at number 3 in Europe and number 2 in Britain. Having recently dropped down a weight class which meant she missed out on the chance to compete in Calgary at the 2018 World Championships, Bobbie has made up for lost time.
Bobbie already had a passion for powerlifting before she began her BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning, course, which she graduated from in 2017, and describes the facilities as one of the main reasons she chose to study at UCLan.
“A great thing the University has is the Sport Arena’s Eleiko kit, so for myself going into powerlifting competition I know I am lifting the correct weight and anyone from the University can use the kit here.
“From September last year, we got similar kit in Darwin Building as well. This is good for training but also for final year projects and teaching as it is right next to the biomechanics lab so you can take equipment from there and move them into the labs.”
She also describes the lecturers as being a main drive to study here at UCLan. “I went to the Open Day and met my course tutor Chris Edmundson. I got to ask him lots of questions where he showed great enthusiasm about the course, and the university and that was a big thing for me. Right from the start he has shown great interest in helping me both with my degree and powerlifting which I highly appreciate. The quality of the course and modules stood out as it was strength and conditioning orientated compared to other science based courses.
“Throughout my time at University many of the lecturers have been available to answer questions, I can go to Chris with anything and he helps as and when he can. Dr Stephanie Dillon has also helped me a lot during my studies and again will help where she can; the student lecturer relationships here are fantastic and really enhances the overall student experience.”
In 2016, Bobbie set five British records in the junior powerlifting national in Ashington and went straight to the top of the North West all-time rankings with 419 Wilks points. She missed out on competing at both the 2017 European Championships in Denmark and the 2017 World Championship in Belarus due to injuries and movement dysfunction.
“I am looking forward to representing my country on an international stage and doing what I love to do, lifting heavy weights.”
“I am truly ecstatic with my performance and so overwhelmed by the amount of people that took time out of their day to come down to watch or tuned into the live stream. I am so honoured to have represented my country in a sport that I absolutely love.”
Alongside competing in international competitions and completely her master’s course, Bobbie is also in the early stages of starting her own online business with her partner, who she met on her course at UCLan. The business will be helping to coach multiple strength athletes and will work closely with the UCLan Physiotherapy Clinic.
10 December 2018