Murray Bridge woman Emma Jacobs is going from strength to strength in the sport of powerlifting, breaking a national deadlift record in her first competition.
The 19-year-old first seriously started considering powerlifting after last year's soccer season was over.
"I always loved lifting weights and heavy things so I thought, 'why not dip my toes into the world of powerlifting?'" she said.
"I saw powerlifting as a way to challenge myself and develop a new lifestyle."
When she started, she did not know what possibilities were ahead and had no set goals, but as she got stronger she compared her personal bests to previous records and focused on improving.
With constant training and support she decided to enter a competition; her first being the CAPO Early Qualifiers on Sunday, February 17.
The day before she felt a "smidge nervous" but mostly excited.
"I was most nervous about my first squat as they were first up. I remember I rushed my set up and I didn’t take my time to process my cues. Once that one was about of the way and one of the girls said to me, 'be present', I started to become more relaxed and take my time to go through my set up and do my cues like I’ve done in training week in, week out," she said.
Jacobs was most confident heading into deadlifts, and when she found out she'd broken the record for the junior female 18-19 years, under 67.5kg national deadlift record she was "pretty bloody chuffed".
"It was an amazing feeling and the atmosphere made it even better. I was a bit nervous to go for the lift but I knew if I just did my normal setup and focused on bringing it up strong I would have a chance," she said.
"With everyone getting around you when you’re going for a record, it’s pretty special and encouraging."
She managed to lift 135kg, beating the previous record of 132.5kg.
"Considering I haven’t even been lifting for 12 months, to break a record in my first meet is something I’ll always been incredibly proud of. It's not something I thought I would ever do," she said.
Jacobs plans to "ease back into things" before competing at either the state title in June or the national title in Perth in August.