Meet Arifa Bilal, 1st female national gold medalist in powerlifting from J&K
Arifa Bilal, a well-known fitness freak from Ganderbal is the first female from Jammu and Kashmir who have won a gold medal in powerlifting. Known as an iron lady in her village, Arifa is a black belt in sqay martial arts too.
Currently, a gym trainer Arifa is multiple times state and national gold medalist in martial arts. Besides she has won National award in volleyball and has also bagged awards in cricket as well.
In a recently held powerlifting in Kashmir, Arifa fetched gold med-al in 57kg. She lifted scouts 65kg,bench press 40kg, deadlift 90kg. In total she lifted 190kg and was selected to participate at the na-tional level.
At the national-level competition of powerlifting in Haryana, Arifa lifted the100 kg weight to bag the gold medal. Arifa is the first female from Jammu and Kashmir who won a gold medal at national level in powerlifting.
While talking to the news agen-cy, Arifa, who is doing her graduation from Govt Degree College said she was very inter-ested in martial arts since her childhood.
In 2012Ibegan to learn sqay mar-tial arts and my coach Saleem Pathan sir guided me. I started participating in various champi-onships and won many awards.
It boosted up my confidence,” she said.ln the district Ganderbal, I am the first female who is run-ning a gym centre, and I have received an outstanding response from people.
I am training numer-ous females who want to be physically fit. Moreover, being a female gym trainer many stereo-types have been eradicated in the society,” she said.
Arifa said she has also been
bracketed with NCC through her college in which she has received numerous appreciation awards.
Getting into NCC was not easy but because of my strength and physical fitness I was selected,” she said. First and foremost, I express my gratitude to the Almighty who bestowed me with all the success. After that, my parents and family who always supported me in my endeavours,” Arifa said.
Arifa’s mother, Habla Bano said that its a proud moment that her daughter has won a gold medal award at the national level.