Congratulations to Trinity Upper Sixth student Hannah Karpal who placed second in her category in the British Junior Powerlifting Championships in Solihull last month. This performance has prompted a call-up from the GB squad, who have invited Hannah to attend a training session, with the aim of being picked to compete with them again in the World Championships and European Championships later this year. 

Hannah tells us, “The main aim of competing in the British Junior Powerlifting Championships was to put up a good performance, and I knew I had to place in the top 2 to have a chance of being selected for team GB. I also wanted to enjoy the day!  

“Despite not achieving all the numbers I wanted, I came away with competition PBs (personal bests) in every lift and came second in my category with a 323kg total. I also managed to break the British Deadlift Record with 153kg on my second attempt, very narrowly missing out on 160.5kg on my third.” 

Hannah’s impressive results were: 107.5kg squat, 62.5kg bench-press, and 153kg deadlift (this is getting to close to being triple Hannah’s own body weight!) 

She goes on, “Despite the priority being A Level revision for the next few months, I will continue to plan my time well to ensure training doesn’t fall behind at all. Especially as this is my last year as a Sub-Junior so I want to do as best as possible in the next competitions, especially with GB squad training coming up on Sunday 19 May.” 

Amazing results and we wish Hannah every success in lifting weights and revision books over the coming months! 


Hannah travelled to Romania for the World Women’s Junior Powerlifting Championships last August and placed 8th overall. Before that she was crowned U18 British Junior Champion in her weight category in May last year. She has been an active member of many school sports teams since joining Trinity, Croydon, in 2022 with powerlifting improving her skills across sports. 

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