Scottish Powerlifting Team Report by Marlene Mathieson
The full results of the competition are available on the GBPF website.
Thanks to Bernie McGurk for organising tracksuits for the Scottish Powerlifting Team.
Most of the Team arrived on the Friday, that gave Gary Porter a chance to speak to each lifter individually and, later in the evening, Gary spoke to them as a group. The following day, Saturday 24th October, the competition commenced. It became obvious that a real team spirit had already been generated, between the lifters and the coaches, which was a treat to observe.
The coaches were Gary Porter, Stuart Crichton, Louise Murray and William Rodgers. Gary crunched the numbers and put in the attempts. Louise supported the female lifters, some of whom were a bit nervous, and helped in the warm up. Stuart and William spent most of their time in the warm up. When Stuart was asked to comment about how the warm up was going he said “what happens in the warm up, stays in the warm up”. However, whatever was going on, it was obvious that it was working as when the lifters came onto the platform they were lifting their socks off. Every lifter had a total and there was a great sense of camaraderie.
The female classic team was second in the results and consisted of Hannah Beaven, Marcelle Brown and Karen Sutherland. This was only Hannah’s third powerlifting competition and yet she broke the GB deadlift record with 130kg at a bodyweight of 44.8kg. Marcelle lifted steadily, finishing with a total of 320kg at a bodyweight of 67kg. As did Karen, with a total of 402.5kg in the 84+ class.
The male classic team was first in the results and consisted of Chris Wong, Daniel Macura and Brian Currie. Chris lost his grip on his second deadlift, but held on tight to his third which was 280kg, giving him a total of 650kg, a Wilks of 462 and the Best Classic Male Lifter Trophy. Daniel had 9 out of 9, his final deadlift of 252.5 was pulled through sheer determination and gave him a total of 622.5kg. Brian finished with a 645kg total.
The Scottish classic team was second overall with 2325 points, only 120 behind England.
The female equipped team was third in the results and consisted of Ruth Pottinger, Apple Doepner and Michelle Brand. Ruth was actually lifting unequipped and finished with a total of 327.5kg. Apple lifted equipped for the first time ever, but says it won’t be her last. Her third bench was red lighted, as her bottom was clean off the bench, which, being Apple, was greeted with much laughter from her and us. She had a total of 410kg and a Wilks of 407. Michelle hurt her shoulder on her second deadlift, so did not take her third, but totalled 417.5kg.
The male equipped team was first in the results and consisted of John Maxwell, Bernie McGurk and Robert Love. John lifted 9 out of 9, a 560kg total and loved every minute. Still going strong 33 years after his first competition. Bernie finished with a 655kg total and a 476 Wilks. Robert gave a sterling performance, but decided, after Gary put his second deadlift up by 30kg, that he would not take his third. He finished with a 780kg total and a 489 Wilks.
The Scottish equipped team was second overall with 2529 points, only 67 behind England.
The Scottish Powerlifting Team finished second, only 188 points difference from first place.
Good solid team work, no prima donnas, everyone listened to the coaches, had a great time and it was an absolute pleasure to watch