On Sunday 28th May, Nineteen of our gentlemen and Twenty-Eight of our ladies took to the platform in Ravenscraig Sporting Facility in Motherwell, to battle for the title of Scottish Classic Champion. 57kg lifter Louise Murray from Venice Physique took home the Pat Higgins Trophy, as best female lifter with her 135kg squat, British Record bench of 95kg, and 145kg deadlift. Only 4 Wilks points stood between Louise and Hannah Beaven who came a very close overall second…we’ll hear a little more from Hannah later.
Over to the gents, and Junior 105kg lifter Callum Crozier took home the best male lifter title and the Campbell Higgins Trophy, with a 260kg squat, British record Bench of 193kg, and set a 290kg Scottish Open record deadlift in the 105kg class.
Over the course of the Championship, 31 records were broken, including 9 British records. These were Allison Gibson’s 147.5kg deadlift, and Sub Junior Alice Francis-Freeman’s 132.kg squat, 75kg bench and 355kg total. Seventeen-year old Alice, is definitely one young lifter to keep an eye on over the next few years!! Master lifter Catriona Duncan from Gym 300 in Inverness, swept the board of Scottish Masters records with her 102.5kg squat, 60kg bench, 125kg deadlift and 287.5kg total. 84kg lifters Wendy Macfarlane and Claire Tocher had another epic battle, and between them swept the board of Open records. Wendy took squat, bench and total, with the deadlift finally returning to Claire with her successful 180kg pull, and Forge Powerlifter Joanna Jack, increased her Master records with her 135kg squat, 160kg deadlift and 357.5kg total.
Simone Kupisz, from 3PT, will go down in Scottish Powerlifting history, as the first female to hit a 100kg raw bench, which increased her Open bench and total records, and Jake Brown, hit that magical 600kg total giving him a Scottish Junior record.
Eleven of our lifters, also successfully gained a qualifying total, to meet the selection criteria for the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships in South Africa, and were later chosen for the squad: Alexander Anderson, Callum Crozier, Claire Tocher, Joanna Jack, John Smith, Jonathon Lenzi, Michael Morris, Roisin Meehan, Sarah Hammerton, Rowan Hendry-Horne and Wendy Macfarlane.
And lastly a huge huge thank you to everyone that made this Championship possible – the referees, spotters, loaders, table staff, and everyone else that contributed. Without you, this wouldn’t happen… I tip my hat.