Former Parkes woman off to World Powerlifting Championships

On Friday, former Parkes woman Megan Hinchley (nee Tanswell) will be departing Australia, bound for Belarus for her second world championships.

The Gunningbland woman is off to compete at the 2017 World Powerlifting Championships that began on June 14 and run until June 25.

This championships will be Hinchley’s fourth international level competition – competing for Australia – and her second world championships.

The 35-year-old – who weighs in at just 51kg – can squat 130kg, bench press 67.5kg and deadlift 147.5kg, almost three times her body weight.

Powerlifting is generally a sport conceived as a pure test of strength and comprises of three lifts, the squat, bench press and deadlift.

Hinchley, who grew up in Parkes, now lives in Canberra and runs her own personal training business.

The pint-size lifter started powerlifting in 2010.

She has previously competed for Australia at the 2012 and 2014 Oceania Championships and the 2015 World Championships.

Hinchley will travel to Minsk, Belarus to compete with the best powerlifters in the world, with the hope of improving her lifting total and world ranking.

She will make the trip with her mum, Maree Tanswell, who will be part of the Australian support crew.

Hinchley is the daughter of Tony and Maree Tanswell of Gunningbland and is the eldest of a set of identical triplets.

She is a former Gunningbland Primary School and Parkes High School student, leaving the shire in 2000 to attend the University of Canberra.