#TEAMSOGB – Good luck Robert Simpson

Today we see Robert Simpson take to the platform as #TEAMSOGBs last competing powerlifter of the World Games.

Robert has been competing for the last 15 years and when he is not busy training his hobbies include football, gardening and volunteering for the Red Cross.

Robert admits that the special Olympics make him feel proud of himself for what he has achieved through sport, we would like to wish him well and assure him that he is making all of Scotland proud competing at the World Games in LA.

Best of luck Robert and we hope to see you winning some medals.

Robert Simpson

#TEAMSOGB – Good Luck Paul Booth & Helen Burton

Today see’s Scotlands Paul Booth take to the platform at the World Games in LA.  Paul lifts in the 93kg Open class and won 4 Gold medals at the European Special Olympics.

Paul is a very popular member of the squad and when back home he attends Perth College for Drama and Mixed Sports.

We wish Paul all the best today and hope to see him win more medlas for his collection.

Paul Booth

Today also see’s Helen Burton take to the platform lifting in the masters 84kg class.  She has competed in 3 National Summer Games and the 2003 World Games in Dublin.  When back home Helen attends the Healthy Living Group at Bradford People First and she also volunteers at a local residential nursing home.

We wish Helen the best of luck today.

Helen Burton

Good luck to both from all at scottish Powerlifting.

#TEAMSOGB – Good Luck Laura Boag

Today we see Laura Boag from Dundee competing at the Special Olympics in LA, Laura is doing a double combo in Bench and Deadlift.  She will compete in the 72kg class as a masters lifter, lifting commences at 5pm BST.

She will be looking to improve on her current PB’s of 30kg in Bench and a 70kg Deadlift.

Laura came to Powerlifting from Table Tennis, not the usual transition but she is clearly an exceptional athelte having already collected 20 medlas around the world for her table tennis.

Scottish Powerlifting would like to wish you luck as you take to the platform.

Laura Boag

#TEAMSOGB – Introducing Coach Kelly Moore

Kelly Moore has been working with children, young people and adults within education, adult services and social care since 1996. In 1997 she became a volunteer for Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure and has since become the Head Coach to the Bradford Powerlifting Team and the Powerlifting Head Coach for the Special Olympics Yorkshire and Humberside Region too. Kelly has coached at numerous Special Olympics GB regional competitions as well as attended the National Summer Games in Cardiff (2001), Glasgow (2005), Leicester (2009) and the National Powerlifting Competition in Ashington in 2013.

On an international Special Olympics level Kelly was a Powerlifting Coach at the World Summer Games in Shanghai (2007) and Athens (2011) and at the Special Olympics European Summer Games in Warsaw (2010).

Kelly says “I am very honoured to be supporting the Athletes whilst they represent Great Britain within their chosen sport, and I look forward to the experience, challenges and rewards that attending the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles will bring.”

Huge thanks to the PR TEAM at SOGB for allowing us to use this information from their website.

KElly Moore

#TEAMSOGB – Introducing Head Coach Gary Porter

Gary Porter has been involved in Special Olympics Tayside since 1994 and a Powerlifting Coach since 1997. Gary is also a National Referee and at present, is on the Scottish Powerlifting Committee.

Within Special Olympics, Gary has attended the World Summer Games in Dublin (2003) as a Powerlifting Coach, and as a Head Coach at the World Summer Games in both Shanghai (2007) and Athens (2011), and at the European Summer Games in Warsaw (2010).

Gary has said “My enthusiasm for the sport of Powerlifting has never changed throughout the years. I am honoured to pass on my experience and knowledge to the GB Powerlifting squad who will attend the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles.”

Huge thanks to the PR team at SOGB for allowing us to use this information from their website.

Gary Porter

Congratulations #TEAMSOGB

Scottish Powerlifting would like to congratulate #TEAMSOGB on their success at yesterdays Powerlifting at the World Games in LA.

First up was Chris Woodhead who got the team off to a good start with a Bronze medal in the 59kg class, well done Chris (aka Smiler).

Chris Woodhead

This was followed up by James Crossley who went on to win an impressive silver medal later in the day.

James Crossley

Congratulations to both Chris and James on their success and a massive well done to Head Coach Gary Porter and Coach Kelly Moore.

For more information on the GB Special Olympics Team please visit http://specialolympicsgb.org.uk/

Good Luck to #TEAMSOGB

Scottish Powerlifting would like to wish our Special Olympic lifters luck, along with the rest of #TeamSOGB, as they prepare to compete at the World Games in LA.

Scottish lifters competing are Laura Boag, Paul Booth and Robert Simpson.  The lifting order for #TEAMSOGB is as follows:

Tuesday 28th July at 5pm BST see’s Chris Woodhead take to the platform in the 59kg class followed by James Crossley in the 66kg Junior class at 9pm.

Thursday 30th July at 5pm BST see’s Scotlands Laura Boag competing in the 72kg masters class.

Friday 31st July at 11pm BST see’s Scotlands 2nd lifter Paul Booth compete in the 93kg class joined by GB’s Helen Burton in the 84kg masters class.

Saturday 1st August at 11pm BST we finish off with Scotlands Robert Simpson in the 120kg class.

It promises to be an exciting week and the whole of Scottish Powerlifting wishes the team well, including all the backroom staff who have put so much hard work in to get the team here.

Final mention those involved on the side lines, Gary Porter, Kelly Moore, Willie Clelland and everyone else involved with team who work closely with the lifters and will feed us with as much information as possible for us to pass on.

Best of luck to all the Powerlifting team and every other athlete involved.

GB SO Team 2015

2015 Scottish Seniors

Due to the interest to date in competing at the Scottish Seniors we have taken the decision to reduce this to a one day.

The Scottish Seniors will take place on Saturday, 22nd August 2015 at the Ardler Complex in Dundee.  Therefore, all equipped and unequipped lifters will compete on this day.

Entry forms can be found at http://www.scottishpowerlifting.com/event/scottish-senior-championships-2/

Please remember this will be your final opportunity to improve your Wilkes ranking in Scotland prior to our 4 Nations team selection.

If you have any questions please contact one of the committee.


Commonwealth Championships Selection

After discussing selection criteria for a Scottish Team attending the Commonwealth Championships in Canada this year we have decided team selection will be chosen from those lifters who have achieved a minimum qualifying total. This total will be the equivalent qualifying total for GB British Championships.

If you have met this standard and would be interested in being part of the team please send your note of interest to spsecretary@outlook.com telling us what weight class you lift in, your qualifying total and which competition you achieved that total.

Please note that this competition will be wholly self funded.

Any questions please contact spsecretary@outlook.com