Ernest Omoarelojie with Agency Reports
Edith Murway-Traina is 100 years old. But unlike anyone close to her age, the former dance instructor is officially the world’s oldest powerlifter alive and for that, has bagged a podium position in Guinness’s Book of World Record.
Traina, a great grand mother, who turned 100 on August 8, is not just a power lifter. She is a competitive super old woman who is not thinking of giving up her hobby just yet even after securing a legit Guinness World Records status. As the Guinness World Records release puts it,
“Lifting weights upwards of 40-150 pounds, Edith is smashing the competitive powerlifting circuit, dazzling viewers and judges alike with her graceful lifts.”
The interest thing about Traina and powerlifting is that she got into the game at 91, barely nine years ago. But encouraged by her long time buddy who wanted her to become more active, Traina who said she originally went to the gym” kicking and screaming” never looked back.
“While I was watching those ladies doing their thing, I thought I just as well should pick up a few bars, and I did,” she tells Guinness in a video interview.
“Going on a regular basis, I found that I was enjoying it, and I was challenging myself to get a little bit better and a little bit better. Before long, I was part of the team,” she added.
Now described as the life of the power lifting party, Traina soon became a serious contender in the senior power lifting circuit. For her commitments and sterling performances, she quickly began being highly decorated, so much so that she says she’s ‘run out of room in her home to put all her trophies’.
“Once people found out I was in my nineties and I was doing all of these things, it got to be more noticeable. People got to pay attention more,” she said.
Necessarily, Traina had to put a break on her training and competition schedules at the behest of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, that didn’t stop her last competitive appearance in 2019 during which she was 98 years, 94 days old. With the pandemic a little loosen, she is back on the circuit and training real good as she plans a competitive come-back appearance in November.