Potsdam powerlifter sets world records at New Jersey meet
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 2:37 pm

Vanessa Babcock with her son, Roland Otero, 4, who has not started weightlifting yet.

BY CRAIG FREILICH
North Country This Week

POTSDAM – A Norfolk native now living in Potsdam has set some new world records at the World Natural Powerlifting Drug Free World Competition.

Vanessa Babcock, who has been powerlifting for about eight years and competing for two years, won Best Lifter – Women’s Bench Press, and Best Lifter – Women’s Deadlift in the competition Oct. 26 in Edison, N.J.

She set five world records in the 123 lb. weight class:

• 270 lb. Squat

• 160 lb. Bench Press

• 275 lb. Deadlift

• 705 lb. Full Powerlifting

• 435 lb. Iron Maiden.

Babcock started competing two years ago in the 105 lb. weight class, setting four class state records at the WNPF State Championships at Tupper Lake.

She holds state, national and world records in the 105 lb., 114 lb. and now 123 lb. weight classes.

The 2004 Norwood-Norfolk Central School graduate works in the IT department at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Babcock says she has been competing every four to six months over the last two years, and now plans “to take two years to rehab my muscles,” eventually “training to break through some plateaus I’m facing” in the sport. She said she’s looking forward to “a bigger jump, to come back stronger.”