A St Albans district councillor has spoken of her other role as a powerlifter – and is encouraging other Asian women to get involved.
Councillor Ajanta Hilton, who is also a strength coach and mother-of-three, first started powerlifting seven years ago, after her husband recommended it to her as she enjoyed lifting weights at the gym.
Since then, she has gone from strength to strength – quite literally.
Cllr Hilton recently won gold at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships and holds regional records in the East Midlands for her back squat (145kg) and deadlift (170kg).
Now she is encouraging more Asian women to get involved in the sport to help break stereotypes.
Speaking to St Albans News, she said: “Weight training has so many benefits to women. We increase our mobility, decrease risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, and increase our longevity.
“Growing up, I never saw a single Asian woman in the gym. However, don’t let that stop you!
“I would recommend getting a coach to show you the right technique, and then you are on your way. Break those stereotypes and spread the word!”