Amherst powerlifter finishes first in class

Justin Dickie
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Not even a bad plate of clams and a wonky shoulder could hold Nathan Robertson back.

At the recent powerlifting Nova Scotia Provincial Championships at CFB Greenwood, the Amherst resident finished in first place in his 110-kilogram weight class, despite feeling the effects of "a bad plate of clams" and nursing a sore shoulder.

Amherst powerlifter finishes first in class

Not even a bad plate of clams and a wonky shoulder could hold Nathan Robertson back.

At the recent powerlifting Nova Scotia Provincial Championships at CFB Greenwood, the Amherst resident finished in first place in his 110-kilogram weight class, despite feeling the effects of "a bad plate of clams" and nursing a sore shoulder.

"It feels pretty good I guess. I wasn't feeling that good beforehand, but it turned out okay," Robertson said.

The 30-year-old powerlifter, originally from Digby, also takes part in several Highland Games competitions.

He said he participates at the Highland Games just for fun. With professional opponents and no weight classes separating the big boys from the rest, Robertson doesn't expect to place high at the events this year. With some seasoning, he thinks he can compete with the pros eventually.

"Half the fellas are bigger than I am," he said. "It's more of a fun thing."

In his powerlifting weight class, however, Robertson is the real deal. He said he usually places first or second in powerlifting events in the Maritimes.

He would like to compete nationally someday, but he said he needs another sponsor to help out with costs. Right now he's sponsored by Renegade Nutrition from Halifax.

"If I could pick up a sponsor that would maybe give me a few dollars for travelling and stuff, I could maybe move into Quebec or Ontario," he said.

He's also dipped into training. He's been working out with protÉgÉ Frank Boyle since January.

"He's an excellent training partner. I've learned a lot since I've been with him," Boyle said. "He pushes himself really hard and I try to do the same."

Robertson's short-term focus is to beat the provincial bench press record. His personal best is 452 pounds and said he's about 15 pounds away from the record.



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Robertson's

Geographic location: Amherst, Digby, Halifax Quebec Ontario

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