My Life at Bangor University – Hannah Powell – Sport, Health and Exercise Science and Weightlifting

My Life at Bangor University – Hannah Powell – Sport, Health and Exercise Science and Weightlifting

September 25, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


My name is Hannah Powell, I’m 22 and I’m from
Birmingham. I’m studying Sport and Exercise Science. I started weightlifting when I was
11. I train about 6 times a week. I’ve represented England and Great Britain and I’m now training
for the Commonwealth Games in 2018. My dad and my uncle were powerlifters when I was
younger so I was aware of that kind of sport where I guess other girls weren’t so aware
of weightlifting and powerlifting. I can’t really tell you what it is that made me really
want to do it, all I can assume is that I had seen my dad do it – a similar sport, I
just knew that I was absolutely determined that I wanted to have a go. I have been injured
quite a lot since 2012 so I’m kind of getting back on my feet and I competed for the first
time last weekend at the English championships and I won my category which is the 48 category.
I’m now aiming to qualify for the European and World Championships this year and go from
there. I’m studying Sport Science so that ties in obviously with my interest. The lecturers
that we have are like world class lecturers and they are active in research here. I get
all the help that I need, the lecturers are approachable, and they always make time for
students, which I didn’t expect when I came to uni. I thought it would be a lot harder
to have one-to-one time with lecturers but it’s really good here. Yes, it’s brilliant,
brilliant course. The facilities for weightlifting are fantastic.
We’ve got a performance room with platforms, eleiko bars which are the best bars in the
world and the weights are great. The gym facilities are fantastic for strength and condition work as
well. My typical day will usually consist of getting up, having breakfast, going to
uni, doing my lectures and then I usually go straight from uni to the gym. I spend about
two hours in the gym a day, five to six days a week. But in my spare time, especially when
the weather is good around here, definitely go to the beach and finding new places and
that kind of thing. It’s a really cool place if you’re interested in the outdoors. When
I was awarded the sports scholarship, it was a really great feeling. I’ve struggled the
last couple of years with injuries so funding from my governing bodies kind of disappeared.
Still I’m training to compete at a high level and that comes with a cost of equipment, travel,
accommodation, competitions, entry fees and then obviously supplements and physio treatments
and that kind of thing. I would definitely recommend Bangor University as a university
if you’re interested in the sports. There’s just a really nice feel here, especially if
you’re an athlete. The staff are really interested in what you do and they’re really helpful
so I would definitely recommend it. Academically obviously to get the best degree that I can
from the university and sport-wise I hope to potentially be a medalist at the next Commonwealth
Games, but just appearing there for me would be amazing, and any other weightlifting titles
that I can collect on the way would be a bonus too.