The woman who lost an arm is the strongest disabled woman in the world
Becca Slater has come to terms with life-changing injuries to be crowned the world’s strongest disabled woman.
The 26-year-old lost her left forearm and injured her ankle in a devastating car accident.
But the pharmacy technician refused to be defeated by the injuries that ended her love of music.
Instead, she found a new passion for the sport and began training for disabled strongman competitions, making a name for herself within months.
Becca, who can lift 85kg above her head – the equivalent of a baby elephant – said: “Before my accident I was quite athletic but I never thought I would take part in these competitions. .
“Last September I won Britain’s Strongest Disabled Woman and then in November I won the World’s Strongest Disabled Woman.
“I set three records in total – I lifted the 50kg atlas stone (a solid concrete ball) unaided, which broke the 40kg record I had set a month earlier. early.
“I also lifted an 85 kg atlas stone with a strap, as well as a 125 kg deadlift.”
Four years ago, Becca’s life changed forever. She said: ‘I hit black ice on the motorway while driving in Preston for a music competition when I was playing in a marching band.
“I lost control of the vehicle and suffered a broken ankle and damaged an artery in my arm.
“They couldn’t save him, so I had to have him amputated the next day. I didn’t get a chance to enjoy it – it was very overwhelming.
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“After my accident, I was having trouble playing music again, so I was looking for something new to put my energy into.
“I became more interested in sports and uploaded a weightlifting video that caught the eye of a trainer.
“She told me about the strongman competitions and I started training for them in July.
“In November of the same year, I had won the title of Britain’s strongest disabled woman.”
Liverpool’s Becca is keen to show ‘what you can do when you put your mind to it’.
She added: “You should never let a disability stop you from doing what you want.