A homemaker and powerlifter by profession, Reeni Tharakan won three gold at the World Masters Powerlifting Championships held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, last week.
Tharakan participated in the M3 category of the championship, meant for participants over 61-70 years old. She was competing with around 145 weightlifters from about 44 countries.
Initiating her fitness journey in 2013, Tharakan, from Thycattussery, Cherthala, began powerlifting just four years ago. Encouraged by her trainers, Jagan and Jerry, she embraced the sport wholeheartedly, transforming her life. Despite facing criticism for pursuing powerlifting at her age, Tharakan’s perseverance, along with unwavering support from her husband and two daughters, has shattered stereotypes and embodied the mantra “age is just a number.”
The World Masters Powerlifting Championship was an eye-opener for Tharakan, revealing a significant presence of women powerlifters. In India’s contingent of 15 women, she proudly represented India. She also won a medal at the Asian Women’s Equipped Powerlifting Championships held earlier this year at Alappuzha.
In just four years, Reeni Tharakan has not only become a powerlifting champion but also a symbol of determination and inspiration. Her journey from a homemaker to a global powerlifting sensation serves as a testament to the idea that passion knows no age, encouraging women to pursue their dreams and lead a fit lifestyle.