What an utterly fantastic weekend of lifting!! Over the course of the 2 days 38 lifters, 20 ladies and 18 gents took to the platform. We kicked off on the Saturday with the Gents. Junior lifter Callum Crozier, had an amazing day going home with 3 Junior records for squat, deadlift and total with an impressive 230/180/270 – 680kg. Callum from Motherwell, who has only been lifting for a few years also took home a nice shiny gold medal for coming first in his class. William Rogers from Greenock Barbell, raised the roof during his 2nd attempt at deadlift, regaining his Scottish Open Record with an outstanding pull of 325kg!!! Best lifter for the day was Marc Keys from Edinburgh University. Marc who took a new Scottish Record for his 207.5 bench press, with his total weight lifted the equivalent to 9 baby elephants, 275.5/207.5/300 – 782.5kg.
Now onto Sunday – Ladies Day. Once more I had the best seat in house as Centre Referee, and I must say it was an absolute pleasure. The standard of ladies lifting has improved dramatically over the last few years and is only set to get even better. The total weight lifted by the ladies was an incredible 6.3 tonne!!!! Tasmin Campbell took home the Ladies Best Lifter trophy, The Nutrition Student from Edinburgh completely swept the board of Scottish Open Records with a 135/80/180 – 395kg.
Other new record holders are Master Lifter Siona Garden with her 107.5kg squat, 65kg bench press and 312.5kg total. Both Julia McGovern from Glasgow Uni and Clare Tocher took Scottish Open deadlift records with 162.5kg and 170kg respectively. Junior lifter Katie Willow Garvey went home with 3 new Scottish Junior records for her 150kg squat, 72.5kg bench press, and 387.5kg total, while Karyn McIntosh from Block 9 got a Scottish Open Record for her 147.5kg squat. Finally, Wendy MacFarlane from Raw Anatomy in Fife took home a Scottish Open Record for her 393kg total and a British Record for an amazing 163kg squat.
The atmosphere was electric, and the highlight for me was the final round of deadlifts. What an amazing show of determination, strength and spirit, with Sophie Pirie Barringer’s 170kg being my favourite lift (and possibly the loudest) of the competition.
A huge thank you and well done also goes out to the people that made it happen – my fellow Referees, the Table Staff, and our Spotters and Loaders.