After Pippy Longstocking there is a new Strongest Girl in town. Meet the strongest girl in the world who can lift 80 kg. Rory is a 7 year old gymnast from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
The Strongest 7-Year-Old in the World
Following her participation in the US national weightlifting championships, this little girl is the youngest national youth champion in the history of the country’s strongest under-11 lifter (in terms of body weight). “Judging by her current Sinclair total, she is not just the strongest seven-year-old in the world. She is also more likely to be stronger than any of the strongest seven-year-old girls and boys who have lived long enough to have verifiable competition results”, says her father Cavan van Ulft. With a height of just under two meters, this girl is by definition tiny but powerful.
These are her personal bests:
- 80kg (176lb) deadlift (using an Olympic women’s bar)
- 32kg (74lb) snatch
- 42kg (92lb) clean-and-jerk
- 61kg (134lb) squat
A Gymnast First
As you can imagine, Rory spends a lot of her time at school, gymnastics and the club gym. She trains about nine hours a week in gymnastics and four hours in weightlifting. “I started gymnastics because we realized that you can get hurt in gymnastics. So I started doing something to get stronger”, she explained.
Safety Above All
It’s only natural to be a little alarmed when you hear how this lifting is difficult for Rory. After all, she is still grows and develops as a child. Her mother is worried about this. “When she started, I hate it at first”, she said. “It was scary watching her lift heavy and only heavy things, but I can do that”, Lindsay says. “When I look at her, I know I’m so proud of her”.
For all the people around her, security and regular growth and development are the most important things. Experts agree that youth weightlifting is safe, provided it is done with capable coaches and coaches at the forefront. “There’s not much evidence that it’s risky, in fact it feels that way”, says pediatric orthopedist Dr. Sasha Carsen. “As a culture where they listen to children. One in which they estimate that the health and well-being of an eight-year-old’s musculoskeletal system is slightly different from that of an 18-year-old”. Rory’s coach Greg Chin agrees. He focuses his training schedule on perfecting technique, not lifting heavy weights. His philosophy is that one injury to a child is too many.
The biggest benefit Rory derives from training and competition is the lessons she learns from training. The other weightlifters in her gym are incredible role models for her, teaching her that women are just as capable as men and can be strong and beautiful. “They are strong because they are strong and they show that they can do anything. It gives Rory so much confidence and she gets so much poise. They’re so good at what they do”, Lindsay says.
“I like to be strong. When I’m strong, I can always get better at what I’m trying to do”, Rory said. The most important thing is that Rory loves it.
‘I don’t think about what’s coming. I don’t have to think about anything. I just need to get my head clear. We can’t wait to see what Rory can do next. Rory can be followed on her sporting journey on her Instagram page, which is run by her parents.