Bhavna Tokekar, mother of two teens, wins 4 gold medals at the age of 47 in powerlifting at Open Asian Championships in Russia
Age is not a hindrance for strong determination. A 47 years old woman from Pune, also a mother of two teens bags 4 medals in an international powerlifting competition. This is an overwhelming incident not only for her but for the whole of India. Bhavana competed in U67.5 Masters 2 category under the 45-50 age group. She did splendid powerlifting that included squat-85Kg, Bench-62.5Kg and Deadlifts 120Kg.
Life started at 40 for this 47-year-old mother of two teenagers from Pune, who was introduced to weight training six years ago. Thus for over six years Bhavana, a full-time homemaker did various research on weight lifting on various websites and watched several Youtube videos along with consistent training under the guidance of IAF bodybuilding team.
Bhavna, whose husband Gp Capt S Tokekar is an Indian Air Force fighter pilot, took up gym to reduce the side effects of medicines she took for the treatment of skin inflammation. But it was when IAF bodybuilding team told her about the benefits weight lifting in increasing her body strength that her penchant for weight lifting reached its peak.
During these days, she followed handles on Instagram which give out information on fitness. She came across World Powerlifting Congress (WPC) Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh state head Mohammed Azmat on the app and got inspiration from him. Speaking to Hindustan Times, she said that it was February 10 when she casually asked Azmat if she could represent team India in the International powerlifting event. She was asked to come to Bengaluru and give trials.
She learnt about the techniques, rules and regulations of powerlifting and got selected for the Masters2 category (40-45 age group). Bhavna recalled that she got guidance from Mohammed Azmat online as well.