At a recent all-women’s meet in Brisbane, Australia, 62 year-old vegan, Glenda Presutti, gave a powerful performance
Instead of choosing to enter into her own age category, Glenda took part in the Open category, which comprises women of all ages. Despite suffering from recent injuries, Glenda went beyond even her own expectations at the event, and earned a new National M3 record with her dead-lifts. The lifts meant that Glenda won the Open 64 kg weight class, beating women much younger than her.
The strong woman spoke to Great Vegan Athletes about the competition: “I went in to get four records and got three – I nearly got that bench! I was confident in squats, not sure of bench, and pretty confident of dead-lift. I wanted that dead-lift so badly. I’m so thrilled, I was sobbing.”
To fuel her power-lifting, Glenda consumes a plant-based diet, consisting of vegetables and tofu, and pays especial attention to her diet whilst competing. The wonder woman turned vegan in 2016, after discovering PETA: “I began to read about all aspects of animal agriculture and all the cruelty related to use of animals in entertainment, products, testing etc,” she said.
“I was horrified and began sharing these things. I was privately contacted by a vegan power-lifting friend who reached out to me and gave me some information so I thought, ‘I want to do this.’’
“I was being a hypocrite to continue being an omnivore now that I knew the facts. So I did four months of research and I stopped eggs and dairy, then after I competed in USA, I went vegan. I didn’t want to fail and going overseas I wasn’t sure how difficult it would be, so I waited until I got back. It’s been easier than I ever imagined.”
The athlete has reported that for now, she’s going to take a well-earned break from power-lifting, but has no thoughts to retire.
“I’m not planning my next comp until well into next year,” she said. “Our Masters Championships are in Cairns in Queensland in June 2019 so 3000 km or so from my home. I’d say that’s my next challenge, so in the meantime, I will try to get this knee and shoulder bit better.”
Glenda’s achievements show that a plant-based diet won’t hold you back, but it might fuel you with the power to accomplish great things.