2016 Perth Open – Competition Report

What an amazing day of lifting over in Perth, for Scottish Powerlifting’s 5th competition of the year!!  This comp had it all, from an unprecedented number of new unequipped lifters to incredibly experienced gentleman putting on the kit.  First up, in the morning session were the ladies, joined by our 66kg and 74kg gentlemen, Jamie Miller and Mark Hourston, both lifting with SP for the first time.  Our ladies put in an incredible performance with Hannah Beaven from Orkney, at only 44.7kg took best female lifter with an astounding 107.5kg squat, 52.5kg bench and 132.5kg deadlift, giving her a 292.5 total, and a Wilks* of 407kg, as well as 3 Scottish Open records for her squat, deadlift and total.

Glasgow Powerlifting Club’s Michelle Brand, competing unequipped for the first time in nearly 4 years,  jumped off the platform (on numerous occasions!!) while taking all Scottish Masters 1 Records in the 84kg+ class 130/77.5/140 – 347.5kg.  First timer Wendy Macfarlane, from Raw Anatomy, also took home 2 Scottish Open Records for her Squat and Total 150/72.5/160 – 382.5kg, and Sub-Junior Alice Francis-Freeman went home with 3 Scottish SJ Records and an unofficial British Sub-Junior Record** for her squat with an impressive 125/62.5/135 – 322.5kg.

Mark Hourston, from Kilmarnock, put in 180/132.5/250 – 562.5kg total @ 73.4kg body weight giving him the highest Wilks score and Best Unequipped Male Lifter trophy.  Not bad at all for your first SP competition!!!  All 21 of our gentlemen that took part in all 3 lifts earned a total, and our “Bench Only” gentlemen also took home some records.  Lee Christie got a Scottish Masters 1 record with his 150kg Bench, and Michael Dickson took home a new Scottish Open Record with his Bench of 200kg!!

There were huge amounts of kilos getting shifted in the afternoon session, when our remaining gentlemen and equipped lifters took to the platform.   Robert Love,  Jim Mutrie and Brian Baker had the joy of getting into Squat and Deadlifts suits, Bench shirts and using knee wraps.  Robert took the title of Best Equipped Lifter with a 307.5/195/275 – 775kg total, just missing out on that magical 300kg deadlift.  Next time Robert!!!

All of our gents had an amazing session, with quite a few gaining a qualifying total for the Classic Championship in June, and British competition later on in the year.

I was rather lucky at this competition as I had the best seat in the house, making my debut as a divisional referee, and spending the morning in the centre seat.   Being that close to the action, was just awesome!!  Can’t wait for the next one!!!

As usual a huge thanks goes out from the Committee to everyone that made this competition a success, all our volunteers, whether you were looking after our merchandise, working the table, loading the bar, or just general helpfulness – thank you.


* Wilks is the formula used to work out the best pound for pound lifter

**British records must be set at National Level or above.

04/06/2016 & 05/06/2016 – Classic Championships, Ravenscraig Sports Complex

All Lifters must be Scottish Powerlifting Association Members before their entry can be accepted.

 Saturday 4th June – MEN
Sunday 5th June – WOMEN
Venue: Ravenscraig Sports Complex
Entry Free: £25.00
Weigh In: 9.00 – 10.30a.m.
Lifting Commences: 11.00a.m.


Bank Transfer:

Name: Scottish Powerlifting
Sort Code: 83-46-00
Account: 10173808
MALES Reference: CM & your SP membership number without the GB prefix
(Example: CM161718)

FEMALES Reference: CF & your SP membership number without the GB prefix
(Example: CF161718)

You may pay by cheque or postal order made payable to Scottish Powerlifting Cheques should be posted to: David Hammond, Donsbank Cottage, Leckiebank Road, Auchtermuchty KY14 7EB.


Scottish Universities and Colleges Championship 2016

Venue: Ardler Complex, Turnberry Avenue, Dundee, DD2 3TP



0830   WEIGH IN  and KIT CHECK.



FLIGHT A  – MEN 83kg – 14 Lifters
FLIGHT B  – MEN 93kg, 105kg, 120kg, 120kg+ – 15 Lifters


FLIGHT A  – WOMEN 52kg, 57kg, 63kg – 13 Lifters
FLIGHT B  –  WOMEN 72kg, 84kg,   MEN 66kg,74kg  – 15 Lifters

Last Changes to Weight Classes  by FRIDAY 1st April 10.00am

 The ARDLER CAFE will be open all day from 09.00 am

No Charge for spectators , but bring earplugs , because it will be noisy, very noisy!

Any question, queries, weight changes, please email the Competition Secretary:  compsecretary@scottishpowerlifting.com



European Powerlifting Championships – Competition Report

Last week, in Tartu, Estonia, a few of our Scottish lifters took to the platform.

First up was Alice Hogg from Aberdeen University, lifting in the junior 57kgs. Alice put in an amazing performance getting 9 lifts out of 9, with 120/65/147.5, giving her a bronze medal for squat and deadlift, resulting in an overall bronze medal, and a new junior Scottish record for her total.

Next up was Alison Horne, a 63kg sub junior lifting in her first International Competition, and she didn’t disappoint with an impressive 90/60/142.5. The third round of deadlifts saw every lifter changing their last attempt, and unfortunately left Alison just 2.5kg out of the bronze for deadlift, but that final deadlift of 142.5kg was a sub junior British and Commonwealth record!!!!!

Our third junior, Mark MacQueen, will need to pay for extra baggage, taking 4 medals and 3 junior records home!!! He finished with an amazing 310/175/310 which gave him a silver in squat (British and Commonwealth record), silver in bench, a shiny gold in deadlift and an overall silver medal for his total (Commonwealth record).

Finally, one of our seasoned lifters, Louise Murray, lifted in the 57kg Open competition. Louise is taking home a bronze medal for her 137.5 squat, nicely complementing her 87.5kg bench and 142.5kg deadlift.

The GB team results are as follows:

GB Men’s juniors team 1st place

GB Women’s juniors team 2nd  place

GB Men’s sub-juniors team 4th place

GB sub-juniors Women’s team 5th  place

These results mean we managed to beat last year’s incredible performance.
Well done to all our Scottish and GB lifters who took part in the Championships, and a huge thanks to the coaches who looked after our team: Pete Stone, Dean Bowring, John Soulsby, Stephen Manual and Ben Sparks.

Aberdeen & Perth Open Entry Lists

Entry for these competitions is now closed – Here is the entry list for each competition.

April 17th 2016 – Perth Open , Bell’s Sports Centre | Entry List
pril 24th 2016 – Aberdeen Open, Results Gym | Entry List

If you need to change your weight class or have any queries regarding these events please contact com‌psecretary@‍scottishpowerlifting.com

If you are on the confirmed lists and haven’t paid your entry please do so now –

Bank Transfer:

Name: Scottish Powerlifting
Sort Code: 83-46-00
Account: 10173808

ABERDEEN: AO & your SP membership number without the GB prefix
(Example: AO161718)

PERTH: PO & your SP membership number without the GB prefix
(Example: PO161718)

You may pay by cheque or postal order made payable to Scottish Powerlifting Cheques should be posted to: David Hammond, Donsbank Cottage, Leckiebank Road, Auchtermuchty KY14 7EB


IPF World University Competition – UPDATE

The IPF have now clarified the status of the first IPF World University Cup to be held in Minsk, Belarus in July this year.

  • The World University Cup is not an IPF Championship for University and College Students, but a World University & Colleges Team Competition held under the auspices of IPF.
  • Entry is for University and College TEAMS only, no individual entries will be accepted. University and Colleges wishing to enter can submit individual Teams comprising of up to 7 Women and up to 8 Men for consideration by GBPF to be entered in the Competition. The Entry Criteria for Students wishing to enter is that they are aged 17 – 28 years and have accredited University and College Student status. There is now no requirement that Students have UK National status.
GBPF will select 3 Women’s Teams and 3 Men’s Teams from the results of the British University Competition and our Scottish University and Colleges Championship on April 3rd at the Ardler, Dundee. Selection will be based on the total aggregate Wilks scores for each individual Team. Scottish Powerlifting will submit the nominated Team Lists for each Scottish University or College wishing to have Teams considered, along with the Championship results
If you have any queries or questions, please email the Competition Secretary at compsecretary@scottishpowerlifting.com

2016 Uni/College Championship Poster Campaign

When lyricists Linda Creed and Michael Masser, wrote an amazing song for the legend that is George Benson, they were thinking the exact same thing I’m thinking right now “I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way..”

Children, Students………for those of us over 30 it’s potato patata (in a good way)

So, with this in mind, we want the upcoming uni/college competition to be a huge success, and we want to continue to get those spectators through the door.

This is where we need your help.

If you have access to a uni/college gym, print off a poster and stick it up – Printable Poster Here

If you poster it…………they will come.

New Website Launch Info

Hello everyone,

As you can see, we now have a newly structured website. Here are some of the new features and locations:

  • Volunteer Sign-Up – You can now easily sign up to help at any competition we are holding.
  • Live Entry Forms – It’s now easier to find the live entry form’s for competition.
  • SP Committee – You can find a full list of volunteer committee members with contact information.

The website will be continually updated to ensure all information is up to date and available to you all.

If you have any issues please feel free to contact me – webofficer@scottishpowerlifting.com