ELLIE Steel has lived up to her surname by winning gold at the Western European Powerlifing Championships in Norway.

Ellie, who lives in Ampfield and works at AH Cheater in Romsey/North Baddesley, lifted a total weight of 523.5 kilograms at 56.93kg bodyweight.

She squatted 207.5kg, bench pressed a European record 141kg and deadlifted 175kg, making her the best overall lifter in the competition.

Most importantly she finally achieved over 600 wilks points, The Wilks Formula being used to measure the strength of one powerlifter against another despite the different weights of the lifters.

“This is a huge achievement for me and something I have been pushing towards for over a year,” smiled Ellie.

“There are currently only two other people in the UK to have over 600 wilks points – and they are both men.”

Ellie’s achievement earned massive respect from British Powerlifting, who tweeted: “This amazing competition puts Ellie up in the lofty heights with Dean Bowring and Tony Cliffe, British Powerlifting legends.

“The girl with the biggest equipped wilks in British Powerlifting history!

Congratulations Ellie, you deserve it!”