Members of Big Bear Powerlifting Club are celebrating after their success at the Northern Ireland Push Pull Championships in Garvagh last weekend.
The competition was held in the Jim Watts Sports Centre and for many local competitors it was their first run-out at competition level.
Four new female members, Gayle Vauls, Tiffera French, Lorrine Lomas and Nikita Hegarty made up the club’s first-ever ladies’ team.
After a weight and kit check and been completed, it was time for the girls to hit the platform. Gayle Vauls pulled a 100 kg deadlift and benched 35kg at only 54kg bodyweight, earning her third place in the women’s senior u57kg.
Lorraine Lomas claimed a well-deserved second place behind fellow member Tiffera French who lifted 120kg deadlift and 37.5kg bench to win the ladies’ senior u84kg. Nikita Hegarty also put in a good performance in a tough category, benching 37.5kg and deadlifting 100kg.
After a short break it was onto the men’s lifting.
First up was Ethan Brownlee who benched 85kg. In the deadlift Ethan pulled 200kg, and he and his coach got excited when he went for a new British deadlift record, but came up just short. However, he still claimed top spot in the competition.
Andrew Falconer then stepped up to the plate, pulling 195 deadlift and 110kg bench. Alan Davidson put in a great performance breaking both his personal bests to achieve a first-place medal.
Robert Newman, making his return from injury, pulled 260kg deadlift and benched 160kg. Chris McNaghten was last out, using this competition as a run-out before traveling to British Championships next month.
The big man lifted a 300kg deadlift and benched 170kg to take secpnd place in 120kg+ category.
“It was a great day with some fantastic results for the club. Big Bear is really starting to mature now and its great to see,” said McNaghten.
“The next competition for myself and Ethan Brownlee is British Championships in October, while the rest of the club’s members will be training for the the Raw Power event in November.”
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