The third time was the charm for a former Williams Lake resident now a newly minted Pro Strong Woman.
In October Anne Butters competed in the Strongman Corp Canada Amateur Nationals, a weight-lifting sport, and took first place in the women’s U-73 kilogram category.
Butters said she got interested in Strongman a few years back while training at a gym in Cranbrook with some men who were really passionate about the sport and convinced her to give it a try.
“Once I kind of started down that road I had some good success early and opportunities kept on coming up so I kept on taking them. That year I ended up competing in Nationals for my first time and did quite well I got third so then after that I was chasing first and here we are.”
Butters noted that when she first got started in Strongman there weren’t many female participants.
“The first year I competed it was a fairly small roster. I think we had maybe 8 in my category and then this year we had I think 15. There’s definitely been an increase in interest and even in just the number of competitions available across BC and Alberta, really all of Canada has gone up so it’s really good to see that.”
Up next for Butters in March she’ll be competing in the Arnold Strongman Classic in Columbus Ohio.