This past week saw Spanish powerlifter Loida Zabala Ollero claim silver in at the Mexican Powerlifting Open International. She managed a 96 kilo lift on her first lift, but was unable to lift 100 kilos on her subsequent two tries. Zabala’s next scheduled major competition is the IPC European Powerlifting Championships late next year, where she will be trying to qualify for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio.
Zabala noted on Facebook that her competition day coincided with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. She dedicated her performance who fight to keep moving forward on this issue. She weighed in the day prior, and had no problems. The Spanish powerlifter trained with her friend and fellow Paralympian, Amalia Pérez, in Mexico in advance of the competition. Pérez is a four-time Paralympic medalist in powerlifting.
At the age of 11, Zabala was diagnoses with transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spine. She competed at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Paralympics. While weighing only 48 kilos, she has been able to produce lifts of more than 100 kilos, and is coached by Lodario Ramón. Competing in Spain can be challenging at time, because there are no women in her weight class who can come near her in how much they can lift. Often, she is the only ranked female powerlifter in the whole country.