Wife of the Indian Air Force fighter Pilot and mother of two teenagers; 47-years-old Bhavna Tokekar won FOUR Gold Medals at the Open Asian Power Lifting Championship held in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Bhavna Tokekar enjoying her forties, recently won FOUR Gold Medals in Open Asian Power Lifting Championship held at Chelyabinsk, Russia, proving that “Age is just a Number!”
To overcome the side effects of a medication she consumed to treat skin inflammation she started gym training. There the members of IAF body building team introduced her with the Weight Training to increase her strength. Bhavna researched about Weight lifting through internet and reading books and acquired Weight training under the guidance of IAF’s body building professionals for six years.
“There are many myths surrounding body building, weight lifting and other strength sports, especially related to women, as if only youth can participate and that it makes the body bulky. I started training initially when I was 41, but I wanted to be sure of it since I didn’t want to injure myself or do the wrong technique since weight lifting is not popular in India” says Bhavna
“Taking part in competitions was a far cry for me, as I didn’t know if I could participate in events at this age, or if I would be able to match up to the standards” she added
“I clearly remember the day I messaged him, it was February 10 and I casually asked him if I could participate in the powerlifting event as a part of team India. Now, powerlifting is very different from weight lifting and hence, when Azmat sir replied that I could come and give trials, I was overwhelmed,” she expressed her gratitude to WPC Champion Mohammed Azmat, who inspired her to start this journey.
She further added; “I had to undergo technique corrections for powerlifting and I was informed about the rules and regulations. I trained hard with my new technique and was guided by Azmat sir online as well.”
“It was exhilarating to witness such great sports persons at the championship. I could not believe I could perform so well at the world stage. I initially started this to increase my strength, but now I enjoy weight training. My family supported me in this endeavor and they are my pillars of strength. They helped me follow my training and accompanied me to the gym. I wish there is more awareness about strength sports in the country,” says the women who stepped out of her comfort zone, breaking the stereotypes of age and gender she studded India with four golds.
A big shout-out to Bhavna Tokekar, the PRIDE of INDIA!
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