BILLINGS — Sheryl and Vivian Shockley of Billings will be competing in the World Powerlifting Congress Championships, which will get underway Wednesday in Lahti, Finland.

Sheryl Shockley, 62, a grandmother and a holder of several world powerlifting records, will be competing in the women's 82.5 kg class in the 60-64 age category.

Her daughter, Vivian Shockley, 38, will be lifting in the women's Special Olympic sub-master class. 

The Shockleys qualified for the world championships over the summer in Grand Rapids, Michigan, while competing in the American Powerlifting Federation Nationals.

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Sheryl qualified by squatting 220 pounds, bench-pressing 116 pounds and dead-lifting 310 pounds. Vivian squatted 154, bench-pressed 116 and dead-lifted 310 to qualify for the WPC. 

The family prides themselves by not letting disabilities, stereotypes, or any other limitations stand in their way of success, said Sean McDaniel, a personal trainer and powerlifting coach at Plaza Fitness in Billings

McDaniel added that the Shockleys have been going to his gym for "at least a decade."

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