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Kat Rumbold beat some of the country’s best powerlifters last weekend. Pictured here with her mum Sonia Becker.

Kat lifts the bar again in women’s powerlifting

By Rebecca Peppiatt

A Mundaring powerlifter can add another win to her collection after beating some of the best athletes in the country last weekend in a Perth competition.

Kat Rumbold, former owner of The Lambda Academy gym and local gridiron player, took part in the 2021 GPC WA Invitational Powerlifting meet at Rucci’s Gym in Malaga.

The invite-only comp showcased the top 15 athletes in the country and for the five-time world record holder, Rumbold was a hot favourite on the day.

Her lifts included 255kg squat, 125kg bench and a deadlift of 222.5kg seeing her walk away with $3000 in prize money.

“A lot didn’t do as well as they would have liked, myself included to a degree,” said Rumbold of her performance.

“My attempt selections were conservative just so that I made sure I got them.

“I probably could have squatted a bit more than 255kg, but it was more important to cement a good solid number than attempt something risky.”

Rumbold has recently decided to close down her Mundaring gym and focus on other interests, including being part of a new Chidlow women’s-only gridiron club called The Hills Valkyries.

Since she began lifting in 2012, Rumbold has acquired an impressive list of accolades including six CAPO State Championship wins, three GPC State Championship wins, two CAPO National Championship wins, a WPC 2018 weight class world champion and 2019 overall champion.

But she’s just as widely known for her supportiveness towards fellow athletes at the big competitions and attributes much of her success to her team of supporters, including her mum.

“I have a small army that help so that all I have to do is lift,” she says.

“I wouldn’t get anywhere near the results I do without them all.”

For now she is taking some time to heal before focussing on more world titles when she can travel.

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