South African powerhouse distributor Siltek was strongly represented in Sydney recently when employee Moekie Grobbelaar took out a Bronze medal in the Paralympic Games.
Grobbelaar held on to Bronze in the 56kg class of the Women's Powerlifting event in October 2000, with a lift of 92.5kg.
The South African lifter works in the Human Resource division of Siltek's headquarters near Johannesburg. Grobbelaar has been with Siltek since April and balances a fulltime career with a heavy five-day a week training schedule.
The Siltek employee narrowly missed the silver behind Thailand's Somkhoun Anon who had a best lift of 95kg. But no one was going to catch China's Taoying Fu who blasted the competition with a final lift of 120kg. Australia's Vicky Machen came ninth in the event with a lift of 60kg.
It was the first time women's power-lifting has been offered at the games and Grobbelaar, having a chance to compete in athletics and wheelchair basketball as well, had to make a choice which sport to pursue. And the decision has paid off with a medal placing.
"It's one thing to compete in an international competition, its another thing to compete at the Paralympics," said an ecstatic Grobbelaar. "The competition [in Sydney] was much tougher than anyone expected."
Grobbelaar has now set her sights on the World Powerlifting Championships in two years but is waiting until then before making any decision on another Paralympic campaign.