A hairdresser has made the GB team for a powerlifting world championship – despite taking the sport up just 18 months ago.
Sarah Wilson started going to the gym after giving birth to her second child, Aaron, in September 2019.
The mum-of-two quickly shed six-and-a-half stone and soon became good enough to start competing seriously.
She has been picked for the British Drug Free Powerlifting Association’s (BDFPA) team for the World Championship in Dublin in November in the under 80kg category.
Sarah, 30, who is also mum to Aimee, 15, said: “I sometimes have to pinch myself when I look back at the last 18 months and realise all I’ve achieved. It makes me feel really proud.
“Before having Aaron, I had been on antidepressants for 13 years. When I got pregnant, I came off them and after he was born I decided to try exercising lots instead of going back on them. I’m not saying that would work for everyone but it did for me.”
Sarah, from Clackmannanshire, hopes her story of success in powerlifting can inspire others. She added: “I’d say to anyone who wants to follow their dreams but is holding back, for whatever reason, to just go for it.
“Life is too short to wait for perfect timings and you never know until you try.”
The BDFPA World Championships is specifically aimed at weightlifters who don’t want to compete against others who have taken performance-enhancing substances.
Sarah has also overcome a long battle with mental health to open a salon called Wonderland, named after her love for Disney – she has tattoos of Alice in Wonderland and Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
She added: “I’ve always been a huge Disney fan and, in Walt’s own words, ‘All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.’
“Opening my own salon was a dream come true after 14 years of working for other people. I do my best to make it a happy, fun place where people can come in and just switch off from the world.
“Wonderland is not your average hair salon. The walls are bright pink and there is quirky Disney decor everywhere – a Beauty And The Beast looking glass, Alice In Wonderland lamps and a colourful pick-and-mix sweetie counter where clients can help themselves.
“That was my partner Jordan’s idea and it has clearly gone down well with my sweet-toothed clients as I’m fully booked until the middle of August.
“I pride myself on being able to give clients what they want. They can ask for anything and I’ll do my best to make it happen for them. Nothing is off limits.
“I had an older lady come in who hadn’t been to a hairdresser for five years as she didn’t have the confidence to ask for what she wanted. She came in with grey hair and left with pink. She said she had never been happier.”
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