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Stierman powers her way to bronze at IPC World Cup in Brazil
- Updated: January 22, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
Para powerlifter Chantelle Stierman will return to South Africa with some very welcome extra baggage!
The Northern Cape athlete won a bronze medal at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Powerlifting World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Thursday. The event serves as the official Rio Paralympics Test event.
She’s one of only two South African lifters in action, the other being Ricardo Fitzpatrick, and also from Kimberley.
Speaking from Argentina, she told Road to Rio 2016: ‘I benched an 87 kilograms, which was 2kg more than my qualifying weight and I’m glad to say I got the bronze this time.
‘I’m so excited for once that my hard work paid off… it really means a lot to me.’
There were seven competitors in the 61kg category. Gold went to the host nation’s Maria Luzineide Santos de Oliveira and silver to Chile’s Camila Campos.
‘The people here were very helpful, the venue was amazing and the competition was really well organised.’
What’s next up for the little powerhouse who was part of Team South Africa at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and African Games in Brazzaville, Congo.
‘Well, my next competition will be in March, the South African Championships in Bloemfontein. Right now I don’t know if there are any other competitions line up for me.’
Stierman, who turns 30 in a few months, has also had some time to step outside the competition venue. ‘We haven’t seen that much of the city but what we’ve seen is really beautiful. It’s been raining almost every day but I’ve been enjoying that.’
And then she was off to watch teammate Fitzpatrick. ‘Ricardo is competing this afternoon and he’s really looking strong.’
Stierman was also full of praise for Eastern Cape based coach, Andre Ludik: ‘He really knows how to handle his lifters and he had me calm and motivated throughout.’
The duo will leave for home on Sunday.