Woman, 58, next battles world

SHE only started powerlifting three-and-a-half years ago but after winning the Australian championship, Kingsgrove’s Frances Angeli is now off to take on the best internationally at the 2024 USA Powerlifting Masters World Cup later this month.

An unlikely meeting with gym owner Moe Faour, who was working out in Clemton Park during covid, sparked a desire in Frances to not only get fit but to make her mark on the powerlifting stage.
The 58-year-old became a regular at Moe’s Frontline Fitness gym in Belmore, training four mornings a week before her office job in her quest to break barriers.
“Moe encouraged me right from the start, saying he could see my potential,” she said.
Frances said she’d always avoided the spotlight but after her powerlifting success – she now holds the NSW and Australian record in squat, bench and deadlift – was starting to get used to it.
“I’m certainly excited to be heading to the USA and show the Americans what we’ve got,” she said.
“Competing to be the best in the world at something is something I never dreamed of but it just goes to show that if you have a goal and passion and are prepared to put effort in, even at my age, it’s surprising what you can achieve.
“I will be there to give it my best and whatever the outcome, at least I’ve got this far and I’m having a go.”
Moe said Frances was not just a powerlifter but an embodiment of perseverance and determination.
“At 58, she defies age norms and challenges conventions, showing that passion and hard work know no bounds,” he said.
“I can definitely see her medalling and on the podium; we are extremely proud.”