Pakistani women are rapidly emerging from their shells and taking on challenging roles more than ever, roles which would have made people in our society go ‘haw haye’ only a few years back.
A Pakistani contingent of power-lifters, which includes Saniha and Twinkle, were recently sent to Singapore to participate in the Oceania Classic Championships and Pacific Invitationals. The championship kicked off at the Park Avenue Convention Centre in Singapore from December 7 to December 10.
Saniha Ghafoor, the powerlifting debutant, felt that it was high time for the women of Pakistan to make a mark in the fields of sports.
Brilliant performance by Pakistani girls in Oceania-Pacific powerlifting championship. Twinkle Sohail and Saniha Ghafoor clean sweeps with 4 gold medals each in their weight categories. pic.twitter.com/43TK2MRlCY
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) December 9, 2017
Sania managed to bag four gold medals in the 57kg category for squats, bench press, dead-lift and total weight. She lifted an aggregate weight of 280kg, 115kg during squats, 55kg during bench press and 110kg during dead-lift. Astounding, isn’t it?
While talking about her experience, Saniha said, “to make a successful debut is very important, especially as a female Pakistani power-lifter. It’s more than what we can ask for at the moment. I’m making my debut and I’m glad I have other female players on the team who have won medals. If I can bench 160kg, I know I can win gold. I’m aiming for nothing less.”
Twinkle Sohail is another powerlifter who bagged four gold medals.
Oceania Pacific Powerlifting
After Sabiha Ghafoor, now Twinkle Sohail won all four Gold Medals in 72kg category. Now Pakistan's gold tally is 8. Proud of you girls… #womenpower #Powerlifting pic.twitter.com/JECpR6sNRn
— Akber Ali (@AkberAli2611) December 9, 2017
Sybil Sohail, also won all gold medals in her specific category
Another clean sweep by Pakistani girl in Oceania Pacific powerlifting championship. Sybil Sohail bags all for gold medals in 47kg weight category. pic.twitter.com/woDKMSck4Z
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) December 10, 2017
These girls have definitely won the hearts of many with their brilliant performance of strength. We congratulate them for their win and wish them more success for the future.
Keep shining girls!
What are your comments on the matter? Let us know by sharing your views in the comments section below!