What a relief it is to be back competing! Very grateful it was possible to participate in the British Masters held at Moulton College in Northampton and the All England in Manchester.
There were some great results by our lifters. Special mention to Thomas for his British record deadlift at 311kg in the Masters and the magnificent Alison for competing in a lighter weight class and still obtaining PBs across the board. What a performance! The wonderful Ernie Parkes adds another 1st to his tally, also Ben Davies for coming 2nd at the Men’s All England in the -93kg class.
Grace Stilgoe competed at the Western European Championships in the 63’s and had a great day. Grace went 9/9 with pbs in squat 155kg, bench 87.5kg and deadlift 182.5kg for a 425kg total. Her total gave her the WIN – A Great Day!
Just a few words regarding the performance of two of our juniors, Moa and Dapo, at this year’s European Classic Powerlifting Championship held in Kaunas. They were magnificent.
It was the end of a long year competing for both of them; the Worlds in Calgary in June, their respective British Championships in September and October, culminating with the European Juniors in the last week of November.
This is Moa’s last year as a junior and she finished it very well, 3rd overall and a Gold medal in deadlift. Throughout the year she strives to get better and is a determined trainer in the gym. On the platform she got her rewards.
I must mention her last deadlift, she needed to pull 180kg (a big deadlift for a 63kg class lady) to place 3rd overall and secure deadlift gold. One lift for all the money. Her second attempt had been 177.5kg (PB) and that was hard enough. She pulls 180kg (PB)! It wasn’t pretty, it was as hard as it could be but she did it! On coming off the platform she was totally spent and empty.
For me she will pull a bigger deadlift but not a better one!
Dapo is a young man with tremendous potential. This year unfortunately he has been managing an injury which as yet has not been sorted out. This has meant that on the squat and to a lesser degree the deadlift, loading him up prior to a competition has not been possible. At the European’s his preparation was very hit and miss but as he always does, he came good on the platform. Like all good lifters the platform is where they make a statement.
He achieved 5th overall and silver in the deadlift. A PB Total and deadlift was his reward for persevering throughout a less than perfect training cycle.
Both Moa and Dapo deserve the utmost credit for the way they both lift and represent BGWLC and Great Britain.
Dapo, Moa, Nathan Winsala with Martin. Medal haul: 2 bronzes, 2 silvers and 1 gold.