100-year-old grandma becomes world oldest female competitive powerlifter

September 10, 2021

A powerful 100-year-old woman is set to have her name immortalised in the Guinness World Records as one of the oldest powerlifters.

Great-great-grandmother Edith Murway-Traina made an impression when she lifted 68kg power life at the age of 98 years and 94 days in 2019, but the record is now officially recognised as she turns 100.

Her impressive win will be marked in the 2022 Guinness Book of World Record.

The former dance instructor and performer living in Florida took up weightlifting nine years ago when forced to go to the gym by a friend.

Edith told the New York Post: “She didn’t want to go by herself. She dragged me kicking and screaming all the way, so that’s more or less how I got there.

“I saw all these other ladies lifting weights, and it looked interesting.”

100-year-old great-great-grandmother enters Guinness World Record as world

She also said that she was drawn to the sport due to how much she enjoys being the centre of attention, a trait that developed during her previous careers.

The instant feedback and receiving applause when you succeed on a huge lift, reminded Edith of her performing days.

Edith took to powerlifting extremely quickly and soon started competing in senior events, often coming out on top.

However, doctors made her step back from the sport at the start of the pandemic. She is now back preparing for a competition in November under the supervision of coach Bill Beekley.

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