By Deirdre Tynan • 19 August 2021 • 9:08
Image: Guinness World Records
Great-great-grandmother Edith Murway-Traina has rung in her 100th birthday as a record holding competitive powerlifter.
The great-great-grandmother’s strength and passion have helped her earn the Guinness World Records title for the oldest competitive powerlifter (female).
Lifting weights upwards of 40-150 pounds, Edith, from Florida, is smashing the competitive powerlifting circuit, dazzling viewers and judges alike with her graceful lifts, according to Guinness World Records.
“We knew she probably was one of the oldest but were shocked (and very proud of her) to be told she holds a world record. Our entire family is honored that our mother is a record holder, and Guinness World Records has given her this honor,” said Honey Cottrell, Edith’s daughter
As a former dance teacher at the local recreation center, Edith is no stranger to physical movement. Young Edith looked up to Shirley Temple, Ginger Rogers, and Fred Astaire for their dancing abilities.
The great-great-grandmother enjoyed the experience and shared it with others when she could. In fact, through dance, Edith met her now close friend, Carmen Gutworth.
Carmen invited the patient and fun then 91-year-old Edith to join her at the gym a few years later and she quickly became interested in lifting.
“While I was watching those ladies doing their thing, I thought I just as well should pick up a few bars, and I did. Going on a regular basis, I found that I was enjoying it, and I was challenging myself to get a little bit better and a little bit better. Before long, I was part of the team,” she said.
Alongside her trainer Bill and Carmen, Edith started picking up trophies with her quick lifts during competitions.
“She bent down and picked it up as if it were her purse,” said Carmen. “She will not quit and anything that’s hard, it makes her more determined.”
“As a performer and a dancer, applause was always a very important part of my enjoyment. As long as I could get a little bit of applause, I was happier each I time I got more and more applause. Once people found out I was in my nineties and I was doing all of these things, it got to be more noticeable. People got to pay attention more,” said Edith.
“She loves the applause. Any time she lifts a weight, people clap,” adds Honey.
During her last competition in 2019, the great-great-grandmother was 98 years, 94 days. Her birthday was on August 8.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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