Cass Pickard is ready for the championships.
Cass Pickard is ready for the championships. Kelly Butterworth

Crunch time for Cass

POWERLIFTING: Five hours north of her home town in Ranfurly, Cass Pickard is about to lift three times her body weight.

Tomorrow morning is game day and her last competition of the year - the Asian Oceania Powerlifting Championships.

The Emerald mother of two is in the -63 Ladies Opens determined to finish the year on a high.

Ahead of her, are goals of a 150kg squat, a 72.5kg bench and 190kg deadlift. She has three cracks at each weight.

While it has been a roller coaster ride since she took up the sport in 2013, success has always been a constant.

"As always I want personal bests," Cass said from Christchurch.

"Anything over those weights will be great.

"Especially for the deadlift, I really want the new Oceania/Commonwealth record and I am definitely in the running for it."

Competing for her adopted country for only the second time, Cass holds no issues going against the motherland.

READ: How Cass became the third best in the country.

She knows she needs to bring her best to knock off New Zealand's strongest.

Her last competition in Brisbane late October saw her lift, 140kg squat, 72.5kg bench and 180kg deadlift, yet she wasn't satisfied.

"I've worked very hard for this and followed the process well. So long as I get my head right on the day I should have a great day on the platform.

"I want to lift nine from nine lifts. To medal would be a massive bonus."


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