EFT (Elbow to Fingertips): 16.5
* Ratings were compiled from a committee of experts including referees, directors and retired competitors
About Nancy Locke
About Nancy Locke
After a 25-year hiatus, Nancy Locke is back on the table! In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Nancy was the face of women’s armwrestling winning 3 World Titles, countless Canadian Championships and bringing entertainment and a level of energy to the table that had never been seen before in the woman’s division. Yet, despite her dominance and remaining undefeated at lightweight, Nancy retired in 1993 after breaking her ribs and having to pull out of the Las Vegas National Championships. But now, after a long break from competing, a divorce and finding the motivation to do what she loves again, Nancy is back armwrestling and as serious as ever. When asked about her return, Nancy explains “after 25 years I missed the rush of competition, I went through a divorce and then found the motivation and freedom to focus on myself and pursue what I love…. and that was armwrestling! I came back to win, make a show and dominate the WAL Women’s lightweight division.”
Nancy’s introduction to the sport and rise to the top was swift. After discovering armwrestling and placing first at a local carnival at only 14 years old, she joined a club and began training regularly. Her father noticed her talent and on a 7-hour trip to visit their grandparents, he surprised her by making a detour to the Canadian National Championships. Despite being 16 Nancy dominated the competition and was crowned Canadian National Champion in her first ever pro tournament. A year later she entered into the World Championships and won the lightweight division, it’s fair to say her rise to the top was rapid and extremely impressive. During her professional career Nancy worked as a Barber and earned sponsorship deals from companies by posing in local and national papers as well fitness magazines. These deals allowed her to travel internationally and take on the best in the world.
When talking about the future, Nancy expresses “armwrestling is a serious sport with great people involved, I want to help it get to the Olympics, become mainstream with the WAL and raise money for charity.”