Bhavna Tokekar is a 47-year-old mother of two and a medal-winning powerlifter from Bhopal, India. In footage filmed on Friday, Tokekar shows that age is just a number when it comes to pumping iron.
"I never thought about age, it's just that I was working out since the last six or seven years, and yes family support is important, but I don't think anybody can push you or motivate you so much that you put in so much of hard-work every day. It has to come from within. You cannot see or watch anybody or think about any motivation outside. The motivation has to come from within," Tokekar said.
Bhavna was just a rookie at weight lifting until six years ago when she decided to hit the gym to reduce the side effects of her medication, after hearing about the health benefits of powerlifting her passion for the sport took on new heights.
Tokekar trains with her husband Shreepad Tokekar, who is a pilot in the Indian airforce; "It was destiny. It had to happen now, so it happened now," Shreepad said.
The 47-year-old powerlifter competed in the in the Under Masters (45-49 years) category of the 2019 Open Asian Powerlifting Championships in Chelyabinsk Russia and took home four gold medals from the competition.