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RPC digital marketing executive breaks world powerlifting record

Published on 07 June 2019

• Competing in Women's All England Powerlifting Championship
• Deadlifts almost four times bodyweight
• Wins overall gold in under 57kg category

Moya Williams – a digital expert in law firm RPC's Brand, Marketing & Sales team – broke the world record for the deadlift* at the recent All England Powerlifting Championship, held in Northampton.

Competing in the under 57kg category, Moya lifted 203.5kg in the deadlift, also walking away with overall gold in the three-discipline event, which includes bench press and squat lifts, lifting a total of 401kg on the day.

Moya has been powerlifting for little over two years. She has risen rapidly through the rankings having come third in the English National Championships in 2018 and won Best Female Lifter across all weight categories at the Home Nations competition in Edinburgh later the same year.

Moya Williams said: "I was nervous going into the event as I knew I had prepared well but wanted to make sure I performed on the day. My training regime is pretty brutal – two and a half hours after work every day and three hours on a Saturday, with a strict diet, too – so I'm really pleased it paid off when it really mattered."

RPC Managing Partner James Miller said: "I was blown away when I heard the news that Moya had broken the record. We've stayed close to her progress over the last year or so, and seen the phenomenal commitment and application that she has put in – not least how she's balanced it with her day job – so I'm very happy for her that all that hard work has delivered."

Moya's next goal is to make the England team for the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships being held in St John's, Canada, in September.

*The deadlift requires competitors to lift a weight from the ground and hold it stationary in an upright standing position for one second or more.