Power lifter sets national records

Maple Ridge power lifter Kassidy Webster has set new Canadian records in her sport.

Maple Ridge power lifter Kassidy Webster has set new Canadian records in her sport.

At the provincial championships in Vancouver last month, the 15-year-old had a squat of 90 kg, a bench press of 57.5 kg and a deadlift of 120 kg. Those marks, and her combined total of 267.5 kg were national records in her sub-junior 52kg weight class – she weighs just 51.4 kg.

After a bad fall when she was a pre-teen, Webster suffered a broken hip. It was an injury that doctors at Children’s Hospital feared could leave her with a permanent limp and other complications.

As reported in a November 2013 profile, her dedication to rehabilitation has left her with elite-level training habits.

Her trainer, Adam Francilia, said she will now begin training in the snatch and clean and jerk techniques – training for Olympic power lifting events,

Her win qualifies her for the national powerlifting championships in 2015.