MELBOURNE is the destination where all the world’s top powerlifters will descend on this weekend and Nowra’s Jaymii Morris is one of them.
The 23-year-old will compete at the Pro Raw Nine at the Arnolds, which is the biggest powerlifting event held in Australia.
At 8.30am Friday is the weigh-in of the 60kg girls, then 75kg and 75kg+ girls, with the lifting starting from 10.30 – with all girls having to squad, bench and deadlift.
“I’ll be competing in 75kgs+ against the strongest female powerlifter in Australia Chleo Van Wyk, along with the strongest in Australia and from overseas,” Morris said.
“Training has been extremely hard leading up to the competition.
“I had a de-load week last week and had my last heavy session on Friday where I tested my opening and seconds lift.
“They all went to plan and I’m feeling pumped now to compete.
“I decided not to cut weight this time round round and just put myself up against the best.”
Morris, who is hoping to do more than 200kg in the deadlift, is just excited to be able to compete against the top athletes of her sport.
“I don’t even mind where I place - the atmosphere and experience will be amazing in itself,” she said.
“Just being involved is great achievement for myself, considering I started powerlifting a little more than a
year ago – and to already be invited, I’m over the moon.
“In saying that, I’m keen to put all my hard training to the test and challenge myself.”