Martina Barbierato: Three things you did not know about me

Italy’s Rio 2016 powerlifting Paralympian shares three unknown facts about her. 21 May 2017
Martina Barbierato

Italy's Martina Barbierato broke the junior world record in the women's -55kg competition at the 2013 IPC Powerlifting Open European Championships in Aleksin, Russia.

By Ivan Pasquariello and the IPC

Whilst she recovers from surgery on her tooth, Martina Barbierato is planning her training regime for the Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships, set to take place from 30 September-6 October.

The 22-year-old, who at Rio 2016 became the first Italian powerlifter to compete at a Paralympic Games, is hoping to set a new personal best at the Worlds.

Here, she shares three things people do not know about her.

1. When I go to the bench, I look at the bar like if I wanted to break it. I gain energy and am more efficient and concentrated when I am angry.

2. After every lift I repeat “the competition starts now” to myself like a mantra in order not to relax.

3. I would like to be more feminine. But I do not like when I scream like a girl whilst lifting the bar.

The World Para Powerlifting Championships will take place in Mexico City from 30 September-6 October, with more than 360 powerlifters from 65 countries competing in the Juan de la Barrera Olympic Gymnasium.