Athlete Bio – Linda Darlene Rousseau

Linda Rousseau bench

Canadian Commonwealths, September 2019. Equipped bench 85kg.

Linda Darlene Rousseau
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Where do you live?
Hannon, Ontario
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Years lifting?
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.
Equipped or Raw?
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?
Private gym
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.