A UCLan nursing student will this week compete in the World’s Strongest Woman competition in Florida.Advertisement
Rebecca Crumpsty, 38, is heading to The Official Strongman Games in Daytona Beach to test her mettle against hundreds of top Strongwoman athletes from around the world.
The two-time Britain’s Strongest Woman under 82kg winner aims for a podium finish at the three-day event. She will compete in six categories, including carrying a 275kg car on her back, log press repetitions, and the famous Atlas Stone lifts.
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Rebecca, who broke the world log record in the under 82kg category in 2019 with a 115kg lift, said: “My goal is to make the podium and stand alongside some of the greatest athletes.
“My favourite events are those with lifts above head height, so I will be looking to excel in this area. I love the sport and enjoy being part of a strong, close-knit community. I even met my partner, Ryan Oldfield, through the sport.”
The mum-of-two from Walton-le-Dale has trained and competed in the sport since 2015. She trains for around two hours a day, five days a week and juggles this with family life and university studies.
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Rebecca began her nursing degree this September after working in mental health for the last 20 years.
She said: “I’ve worked across the spectrum of mental health and like working with people to help them enjoy a meaningful life and not be defined by a mental health stigma.
“My sons are older now, so I feel like I’m ready to take the next step and study for my nursing degree. I definitely feel experiences from my sport and career feed into each other.
“Patients see me face my fears and set myself challenges, and although I may not always get it right, I always strive to see the positives and learn from my mistakes.”
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The Official Strongman Games begin on Friday 14 November.
The public can follow Rebecca’s journey by visiting – https://www.strongman.games/the-event
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