Canadian Commonwealths, September 2019. Equipped bench 85kg.
|Linda Darlene Rousseau
|Where do you live?
|How did you come to powerlifting or Olympic lifting?
|I watched a lady at the gym and was so impressed I asked her what she was doing, and she said she was a powerlifter. I got a coach and six months later did my first competition. I lost my only son when he was 34 and powerlifting gave me hope to carry on.
|Do you have any previous athletic or lifting experience?
|I had no real experience, and had been going to the gym for back injury which caused me to be off work for two years.
|Do you compete? Why or why not? If you compete, what do you like most about the competitions?
|I love competing because it keeps me focused and gives me a timeline. I love meeting people from all over the world. They are all so interesting. I also love seeing Geno. He keeps the sport exciting.
|Do you have a coach or trainer? In person or online? How did you find your trainer/program? Do you have any advice for women looking for a trainer?
|I need to have someone live. They keep me grounded. I would advise that the coach knows when to push you and when to hold you back for your own good.
|Where do you train? Gym, garage?
|What is the hardest part about beginning lifting as an older woman?
|Being taken seriously and ignoring the naysayers.
|How has lifting affected your health?
|I am stronger than ever and actually have muscles.
|What would you tell women just beginning this journey?
|Just do it. It is so worth it.