Nadra Jalaluddin, a Muslim hijabi athlete, from Sydney set a national record for powerlifting on Sunday 29 November at Adonis Gym, Campbelltown when she squatted 155kg and deadlifted 200kg with a total of 425kg. 

Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. As in the sport of Olympic weightlifting, it involves the athlete attempting a maximal weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates.

Her journey began by going to gym to get fit and healthy. She continued to do weights and started to focus more on strength and maintenance. Her determination grew and she started competing since July 2019.

To achieve such a record requires great dedication. She trains 4 times a week at 2.5 hrs per session. All aspects of her daily routine needs to be controlled, which includes nutrition, sleeping habits and other actions throughout the day.

This discipline and determination transpires into other aspects of her life.

When asked on what positive impact this sport has had on her faith, she replied “It has given me more confidence. I am very noticeable because of my hijab. Not many people in this sport come across people like me.”

Her next goal is to compete in the state championships and also to go on to represent Australia.