Global fasteners business TR Fastenings (TR), headquartered in Uckfield, is throwing its support behind its very own Anjanita Baker, who is making a name for herself in the world of competitive powerlifting.
Anjanita, or Anjie as she is known, has worked at TR for 18 years and is part of the web development team, working on the site’s 3D animations for its multiple fastening product ranges. Her interest in fitness and weight training began in 2011 when she joined Train Strong Bootcamp, and by 2017, she started competing in British strong woman events which involved truck pulls and atlas stone lifting. In late 2017, Anjie decided to switch sports and try powerlifting, which involves three disciplines: the squat, the bench press and the dead lift.
In January 2018, Anjie joined the Amateur British Powerlifting Union (ABPU) and took part in the Masters (M1) event, in the 40-45 age group, 67.5kg class. Astonishingly, despite this being her first competitive event in the sport, Anjie came away with three world records in her class, for the deadlift, squat disciplines and overall total weight, she also won the title of best overall female lifter based on her Wilks score, a formula that measures the strength of a powerlifter against other competitors despite their different weight categories.
As a result of this success, the ABPU invited Anjie to automatically take a place at the Amateur World Powerlifting Congress (WPC)’s European championships in Grenoble, France, in August 2018 as part of Team GB. In order to take part, Anjie is looking for local businesses to support her with sponsorship funds for kit, travel and accommodation expenses, and TR was the first to step up to the plate and offer a contribution.
In preparation for the Grenoble competition, Anjie will first be stepping up to compete in the ABPU’s national finals at the Body Power fitness exhibition, being held at Birmingham’s NEC on 12th May. She will also continue to train regularly at her home gym and at her weekly PT session at Performance Fitness gym in Eastbourne with her coach, renowned powerlifter Delroy McQueen. She hopes to qualify later this year for the WPC’s world championships which will be held in Manchester, also in August 2018.
Anjie comments: “When I first started training almost seven years ago, I never imagined I’d one day be in this position where I’d be training for major national and European championships, let alone coming away with world records. To continue to compete at this level, sponsorship is vital and I’m so grateful to TR and everyone else who has helped get me where I am today.”
For further information about Anjie’s powerlifting and to find out about potential sponsorship opportunities, please contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org.