Venezia Annie Carlo is all of 17, but that hasn’t stopped her from sweeping in the medals. This powerlifter has clinched four medals — two gold, one silver and one bronze — in the Asian Classic Powerlifting Championship held at Alleppey in Kerala.
Trained by Sathish Kumar Kudroli, winning medals for Venezia is perhaps a family affair. Her father, Vincent Prakash Carlo, is an international bodybuilder and powerlifter.
Following in her father’s footsteps, this young girl is now eyeing the world championship.
“When I saw dad bring home medals, I wanted to be like him. My dream is to clinch medals in the World Powerlifting championship as well as to become an air hostess. Balancing study and sports is difficult, but I have been managing well, though, at times, I feel drained after practice,” she said in a report to Bangalore Mirror.
In a telephonic interview with Team Mangalorean, Vincent Carlos said,
“I am very proud of my daughter for her achievements at this age.”
“Participating in these competitions needs a lot of finance — it costs around Rs 4 lakhs to take part in International competitions. Even though Venizia and I have won medals in International events, the government has not released our cash prize money for our achievements so far, and I hope to receive the money soon and not wait for years.”
Some of Venezia’s other achievements include the bronze medal in the Hong Kong Powerlifting Championships in 2016. In December 2016 in Jamshedpur, she won the silver in Powerlifting, gold in Bench Press, and gold in Deadlift, in the 57 kg category.
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