An Irish granny is aiming to emerge as a global powerlifting champion – just five years after taking on the game.

Cork lady Karen Barry says she in no way performed game or exercised her entire existence.

But now the 53-12 months-vintage is a European champion and is eyeing even larger titles.

Karen, from Carrigaline, instructed how she hated running out, however fell in love with powerlifting.

She stated: “I turned into a sofa potato my complete lifestyles, I in no way played sport, I didn’t do any exercise in any respect.

“Then I got to my 40s and I commenced getting worried about my fitness so I commenced walking, doing aerobics, spin training.

“No matter what I tried, I in reality hated cardio. But I fell in love as quickly as I picked up the barbell.”

Karen told how she lived in the front of her TV “morning, midday and night”.

But the mummy-of-3, who has two grand kids, has “rarely switched it on inside the past three years”.

She exposed her unknown herbal strength even as operating out at Jay Farrant’s Abs Powerlifting membership.

She told the Irish Sun: “It’s hard to explain the first-rate feeling of energy. That some thing is that this weight and I can elevate it is simply an exquisite component.

“It additionally makes an splendid difference to my regular existence. I simply have to do one ride with the baggage from the grocery store!

“I think I’m evidence it’s never too late. I’d say to humans to attempt the whole lot, because you by no means recognize what you’re going to be excellent at.”

Karen, who works as a medical administrator, pays for her trips to competitions as powerlifting in an newbie game.

Although her bosses at Bons Secours Care Village now sponsor her.

In March, she made records via winning her weight category at the European Masters.

She said: “I become the primary individual within the history of the Irish Powerlifting Federation to get first place at the podium.

“They had Amhran na bhFiann playing. It became so emotional. It turned into just outstanding.

“I most effective placed 2d within the World Championships so I’m chasing first place.

“I turn as much as the fitness center and I positioned inside the paintings and hopefully I’ll hold seeing the numbers move up.”

Her adventure is set to hit the big display, as a team from Stanley’s Deathpark Productions are filming a documentary about Karen entitled Lift.

It is to be proven at IndieCork Film Festival which runs from October 6-13. Lift might be be able to look at on October 12.

She stated: “Powerlifting has given me a massive quantity of delight in my life.

“It way so much to me and I’m very excited, and anxious, to look it all at the massive screen.

“I wish it shows that powerlifting is a sport for human beings from all walks of existence, and of every age and that it’s by no means too past due to locate where you have been meant to be.”