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46-year-old Bangladeshi mother shatters taboos with powerlifting

  • Published at 03:44 pm September 9th, 2021
Shammi Nasrin

Shammi Nasrin, 46, mother of three, has recently become a sensation after securing third place in the 63kg category of weightlifting, organized by Bangladesh Powerlifting Association

Throughout human history, feminine power has always been hailed as constructive, supportive and innumerable myths are constructed hailing this superpower.

No wonder, even in our part of the world the power of women, who are often celebrated as mother and even deities, are the source of inspiration and example of human’s unlimited capacity, and thus become legends. 

These eternal stories remain true and repeat time and again even in the modern epoch. 

A certain Bangladeshi woman has not only boosted feminine power, she also defied the limitations of age, social taboos and other impediments, with sheer willpower and strength.

Shammi Nasrin, 46, mother of three, has recently become a sensation after securing third place in the 63kg category of weightlifting, organized by Bangladesh Powerlifting Association. 

Like many women in the country, Nasrin used to dedicate her time and energy for her children, two boys and a girl (the youngest of the lot), and for household chores. 

In Bangladesh, women who dedicate their time to household works often neglect their own fitness, and society also stigmatizes such thoughts.

But a few years ago, Nasrin felt the fitness issue is paramount, especially when one gets past the threshold of forty years.


After spending time at the gym regularly, her fascination for fitness grew even higher and she decided to take part in the powerlifting competition.

Initially her thought surprised her family but they decided to support her wishes. 

However, when she applied to take part in the Bangladesh Powerlifting National Championships 2020, she found that there was no other female participant in her age category (master category).

But Nasrin did not back off and took the audacious decision of competing with the young girls who are the same age as her sons. 

The rest, as they say, is history as she took a podium position in the tournament. 

“Let’s change the way we age,” said Nasrin to Dhaka Tribune when she was asked about her reaction to becoming third in the competition. 

Nasrin, whose aim is to inspire the women of the country, also became philosophical, as she said “Health is not about the weight you lose, it’s about the life you get.”

Her success made her children extremely proud.

Sajid Iqbal, her youngest son, who plays semi-professional football, gets huge inspiration from her mother. 

“Our mother is just like a teabag, we couldn’t tell how strong she was until she had a cup of hot water to dive in and show her strength,” said Sajid.

Like Sajid we often forget the immense power of women around us as we sometimes tend to envisage them as feeble and weak.

But the image of Nasrin holding heavy weights over her head shatters those incorrect conceptions, invoked by patriarchy. 

This is how a myth is born.

This is how the superstitions of the societies are crushed.

This is how examples are set to inspire thousands to move society forward.

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