Membership – Special offer


Apply for Scottish Powerlifting Membership on or after 1st of September and get membership for the remainder of 2015 and all of 2016

Membership for those over 18 on 1st January 2016 –  £60
Membership for those under 18 on 1st January 2016 – £30

To apply please visit the membership page


New Membership Secretary

We are pleased to announce that Sophie Pirie Barringer has been co-opted onto the committee until the AGM in the role of Membership Secretary.

Sophie has a great deal of enthusiasm for being involved in the running of the sport and we are sure she will be a great addition to the committee.

I am sure all our members join us in welcoming Sophie on board.

Details for Sophie can be found at

GBPF Four Nations Team Selection

As you are all aware the Scottish Team for the 4 Nations was being selected based on Wilks rankings after the Scottish Seniors.  We are now pleased to announce that we have our team in place.  The team selected is:

Equipped – Robert Love, Bernie McGurk, John Maxwell, Michelle Brand, Apple Doepner & Ruth Pottinger.

Unequipped – Daniel Macura, Brian Currie, Christopher Wong, Hannah Beaven, Marcelle Brown & Karen Sutherland.

Reserves – William Rodgers, William Murray & Michaela Brodie.

The team will be led by head coach Gary Porter, Gary will be assisted by Louise Murray and Stuart Crichton.

The 4 NAtions will take place in Ashington on the 24th October, we will be in touch with lifters over the next few days with more information regarding the event.

Any questions in the meantime please speak to one of the committee or contact

Scottish Seniors Results

Saturday saw us having a re-run of last years epic battle between Robert Love and Stewart Ogg for Scottish Powerlifting’s most prestigious trophy, the Ron Conley Trophy.

Coming right down to the last deadlift, Robert failed a 280kg pull on his 2nd deadlift and pulled his hamstring in the process after switching to the Sumo style deadlift.  He then watched Stewart pull an easy 297.5kg lift on his 2nd pull.  Robert being the top lifter he is went all out and forced Stewart to go for a 310kg lift on his 3rd by posting a 285kg 3rd attempt.  Robert stepped onto the platform, switched back to conventional and made the lift.  Stewart stepped up knowing anything less than a 310kg pull would give Robert the win as Stewart was 0.3kg heavier on bodyweight.  Unfortunately Stewart got the bar to his knees and could not finish the lift, giving Robert the title of Scotlands best lifter for the 3rd year in a row.

This was a battle that was worth watching, both lifters will know that they are so close to each other and will maybe give more of a strategic angle next year as every kg on the bar counts.

For the unequipped lifters we saw the introduction of the Patricia Higgins and Campbell Higgins Memorial Trophies for females and males respectively.  Patricia and Campbell were the life blood of Scottish Powerlifting for years and it is only fitting that they are remembered in the years ahead by all who are inolved in our sport by the introduction of this new annual award.

The Patricia Higgins Trophy was won by Louise Murray who posted an impressive 385.5kg total which included the British Squat record in the 63kg class at 153kg.

The Campbell Higgins Trophy was won by Daniel Macura who had a very impressive Wilks of 428.43.  Great performance by Daniel to win the unequipped 83kg class.

Scottish Unequipped Champions for 2015 are as follows:

Female 47kg class  Hannah Beaven

Female 52kg class Elizabeth Hill

Female 63kg class Louise Murray

Female 72kg class Rowan Hendry Horne

Female 84+kg class Elizabeth Brown

Mens 74kg class Lewis Kane

Mens 83kg class Daniel Macura

Mens 105kg class Stephen O’Donnell

Mens 120kg class William Rodgers

Scottish Champions for 2015 (Equipped)

Mens 66kg class John Maxwell

Mens 74kg class William Murray

Mens 93kg class Robert Love

Mens 105kg class Steve Cumming

Congratulations to all the new Scottish Champions and to those of you who broke both Scottish and British Records.

Well done to all who lifted on the day, special thanks to all the volunteers who make these events happen with their selfless committment to our sport and a massive thank you on behalf of Bernie McGurk for helping raise funds for Epilepsy Scotland.

Full results from the day can be viewed here Scottish Seniors Results 2015

Epilepsy Scotland – Bucket Collection at Scottish Seniors

As some of you are are aware Benie McGurk recently lost his daughter after suffering from Epilepsy.  Bernie is now looking to raise awareness of Epilepsy and will dedicate his next competition, the Western European Championships, to his daughter Hayley.

To support Bernie in rasing as much money as possible there will be a bucket collection at the Scottish Seniors to compliment his Just Giving page.  Please give generously if you see one of the buckets at the Seniors or alternatively you can make a donation at

We would also apprecdiate if you can share his Just Giving page with your friends and famly and encourage them to donate to a very worthwhile cause.

Please visit visit to find out more about Epilepsy.

Some facts and figures about Epilepsy to think about:

  • Epilepsy is defined as having repeated seizures – not just one
  • Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological condition in the world
  • 1 person in 97 has epilepsy; that’s 54,000 people in Scotland
  • People develop epilepsy at all ages. It often occurs in later life and childhood
  • There are over 40 different types of epilepsy syndromes and seizure types
  • Some seizures end in seconds while others may last for several minutes
  • Epilepsy is frequently misdiagnosed – by as much as 30 per cent
  • There is a national shortage of epilepsy consultants and specialist nurses
  • Up to 70 per cent of people can achieve seizure control with medication
  • 50 per cent of children with epilepsy under-perform at school. Unemployment rates are doubled for people with epilepsy compared to those without a disability


Scottish Seniors – 22nd August 2015 – PLEASE NOTE CHANGES!!!

After some lifters changing their wight class we have adjusted the flights to accommodate these changes, please check the list below for your flight.

Please find below the final list of lifters for the Scottish Seniors, these guys and girls will battle it out for the Ron Conley Trophy, the Pat Higgins Salver and the Cambell Higgins Salver.

As this is the first year of the Pat Higgins & Campbell Higgins awards it is a special occassion, both Pat and Campbell were more than an integral part of Scottish Powerlifting, they were Scottish Powerlifting. Their respective awards will be presented to the best unequipped lifters on the day with the Ron Conley trophy going to the best equipped lifter on the day.

Running order for the day will be as follows:

08.30am to 10.00 am Men’s Weigh In

10.30am Men’s lifting commences

11.00am to 12.30pm Women’s Weigh In

1pm Womens lifting commences (this is dependant on when the men’s lifting concludes).

Scottish Seniors Entry List

This event promises to be of an extremely high standard with International Standard lifters competing for the honour of claiming to be Scotlands best lifters.

The Cafe within the Ardler Complex have kindly offered to open on the day for us and will sell teas, coffees and a selection of hot and cold food.

Please come along and show your support on the day and we wish all the lifters the best of luck.



#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