Belize Powerlifters Shine at North American Regional Championships

Belize Powerlifters Shine at North American Regional Championships

Belize’s powerlifting athletes have secured two dozen gold, silver, and bronze medals at the 2023 North American Regional Powerlifting Championships in the Cayman Islands. The seven athletes displayed phenomenal performances, securing 22 medals on day one and two medals on day two. Today, five of the female powerlifters competed in various events and secured two medals. 33-year-old Joylenne Smith, a registered nurse, won bronze overall in the 69 KG category, and 15-year-old Aurayanna Matura-Shepherd won bronze overall in the sub-junior category. Smith spoke to Love News about her performance and explained how much work went into her making an appearance on the podium. 

Love News also spoke to Aurayanna Matura-Shepherd, who is the youngest athlete representing Belize at the regional competition, about her big win and the emotions behind it.

Alida Wright Sharp set four North American records and won four gold medals. Shakira Tsai secured four silver medals, Rhea Tsai won four gold medals, and Kaelie Burgess secured three silver medals and a gold medal. Edith Ruiz secured a bronze medal, and Eric Sanabria won gold and received three medals. And Leo Matura won a bronze medal for his performance in the bench press. 

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