Bowler wins five golds in powerlifting

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Last updated 05:00 11/12/2013
Bronwyn Stevens
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Southland’s Bronwyn Stevens with her five gold medals she won recently at the Commonwealth and Oceania Powerlifting Championships in Auckland.

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Powerlifting and lawn bowls probably couldn't be further apart as far as styles of sport go.

One involves strength and a touch of aggressiveness to lift the required weight while the other is a quiet sport of tactics and finesse.

For Otapiri 43-year-old Bronwyn Stevens, powerlifting and lawn bowls are her chosen sports and she wouldn't have it any other way.

She isn't too bad at both either with her rising up the ranks quickly.

Stevens has only been competing in powerlifting for a year while she is just three years into playing lawn bowls.

On Sunday, Stevens returned home to Southland with five gold medals in hand that she had won at the Oceania and Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships in Auckland.

She won gold in both the overall Commonwealth and Oceania 63kg divisions and also won gold medals in the bench press, squat and deadlift disciplines.

Her squat of 132.5kg broke the previous Oceania record of 125kg.

Stevens quickly returned home on Sunday to take part in the Southland Champion of Champions singles lawn bowls tournament where she finished runner-up.

Stevens is Southland's leading development player at the moment and has her eyes set on the nationals while, as far as her powerlifting goes, the big assignment on the radar is the world championships to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Whether it is bowls or powerlifting, Stevens loves it and is eager to try continue to improve in both her sports.

"It's just good to be out there competing really," she said.

Sport runs the family for Stevens, with her daughter Courtney O'Callaghan recently being named Southland secondary school senior girls sportsperson of the year for efforts across various sports.

Stevens wasn't the only Southlander to succeed at the recent Oceania and Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships.

Andy Mahon, Ashley Templeton and Cameron Andrews all picked up medals as well.

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