Val Swaine, 61, who has a British record for deadlift less than one year after taking up the sport. She is now hoping to make it to European and World championships. See ROSS PARRY story RPYWEIGHT. A great-gran on a mission to stay youthful took to POWERLIFTING because plastic surgery was too expensive - and has now smashed a British record. Superfit Val Swaine, 61, said cosmetic surgery and botox was too expensive so she turned to pumping iron instead, as a way of toning up and keeping in shape. And now the retired chemical plant manager said she is feeling fitter than when she was in her 50s.