Former Footballer Takara Hawthorne-Smith Turned Injury Into A Positive And Became An Inspirational Powerlifter

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Former Footballer Takara Hawthorne-Smith Turned Injury Into A Positive And Became An Inspirational Powerlifter

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Two years ago, 26-year-old powerlifter, Takara Hawthorne-Smith, dreamed of a career as a professional footballer.

However, the athlete suffered two serious knee injuries that ended her promising career with the Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Her two surgeries meant she had to hang up her boots,aged just 24, to protect herself from further knee damage. Her confidence hit rock bottom.

Knowing she wanted to remain in the fitness industry, Takara turned to her local gym. She gained a Level 2 gym instructor course, followed by a Level 3 personal training qualification. And then she fell in love with lifting weights.

Takara is now second in the British women’s power lifting team, with a goal of reaching first place and being part of team GB.

“I feel I’ve turned a disappointment into something positive,” she said, i the latest interview for our ‘Fit Fix’ series. “I want to inspire other women to break records.”

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