Bhadha strikes gold at nationals

Whitford’s Yasmin Bhadha, 17, has won gold at the National Powerlifting Championships. Photo supplied

Saint Kentigern College student Yasmin Bhadha has picked up gold at the National Powerlifting Championships 2022 in Palmerston North.

Bhadha, in year 13 at St Kents, took out the gold for her weight class and sub-junior category at the championships on Monday. She competed in the U69kg weight class.

She also got the award for the overall best national sub-junior at the competition.

Bhadha, from Whitford, set a new New Zealand record for deadlift at 177kg and broke her own previous record of 170kg which she had set three months ago at the North Island Championships in Auckland.

With this she now qualifies for the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships in November in Auckland (the last edition was held in Canada).

“We are very proud of Yasmin and kudos to her power lifting coach Denzil Hogan as well,” her father Burzin said.

Bhadha is in her final year at Saint Kentigern College and is also an avid cricketer and captains the girls cricket team. She also plays for the Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club’s women’s prems.

She is a brown belt strip 3 and is currently training for her black belt karate exams. She wishes to pursue an engineering degree at the University of Auckland next year.