Powerhouse teen takes tip from mum in title win
By ADAM WRATTEN
CHINDERAH'S Chantel Cowan is a power in the land - and mum's the word.
The 12-year-old has been crowned one of Australia's junior powerlifting champions after producing a performance of herculean proportions to win the junior 67.5kg division at the recent Australian Powerlifting Titles in Darwin.
At the same time her mother, Victoria, won the women's national 90kg title.
It was a first for Australian powerlifting, with the motherdaughter combination also setting four national records apiece in their divisions.
They're not prepared to stop there, along with proud husband and father Dean, who is also a powerlifter, they're hoping to compete at the world titles in Germany in November.
This is one family whose trophy cabinet is set to bulge in the years to come.
Chantel is the youngest lifter to have competed at a national titles. Her performance was all the more remarkable because she only took up the sport eight weeks before the Darwin titles.
The Kingscliff High School student won her division for lifters aged between 12 and 15.
Her lifts, all new national bests, were 80kg for the squat, 37.5kg for the bench and 80kg for the deadlift.