Powerlifters applaud perfect weekend

Dave Mathieson webcomments@ngnews.ca
Published on June 29, 2014
National powerlifters experience perfect weekend

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Mike Johnson steps up to lift 711 pounds in the deadlift.

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Johnso stares down the weight.

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Johnson starts to lift...

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and then sticks it.

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Iron Biby fights with the weight...

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...but wasn't able to straighten in back.

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Dallas Hogan gets set to attempt 760.6 pounds...

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...but wasn't able to lift the weight.

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Amherst's Nathan Robertson was successful at lifting 595 pounds in the deadlift.

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Nathan Robertson in action.

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Another successful lift for Robertson.

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Eva Dunbar get set to lift.

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Eva Dunbar.

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The lift is successful.

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Dunbar takes her lifting belt off.

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Adam Foster gets set for a big lift.

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...and makes it.

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Kaelan Brennan (left) with Mike Johnson.

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Brennan makes the lift.

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Amherst's Crystal De Jong makes the lift with encouragement from Amherst's Nic Chapman.

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A large crowd was on hand to watch the event Sunday afternoon.

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Dan Petkovsek gets set to lft.

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Petkovsek made the lift.

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Amherst's Josh Beal in action.

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Beal had littl problem with this weight, which was close to 500 pounds.

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Amherst's Keaton Mapplebeck, who is 16-years-old, had little trouble lifting this weight.

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Bronwen Sapir gets set to lift.

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...and she makes it look easy.

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Ken Wetham struggled with this weight...

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...and smiles after a successful lift.

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Sheri Wetham struggled with this weight but managed to stick it.

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Whetham celebrates...

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then gives a big fist pump.

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Scott Bernard makes a successful lift.

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AMHERST – The National powerlifting championships in Amherst are in the books, and Amherst is now on the powerlifting map.

“We had so many comments from the lifters telling us it was best event they’d been to,” said Nathan Robertson, competitor and coach at the Amherst Powerlifting Club. “They said the spotters, loaders, handlers and judges were all excellent.”

Robertson has been working for several years to bring the CPF Pro-Am National Powerlifting Championships to Amherst and was finally successful this year. The meet was held Friday to Sunday at the Wandlyn Inn.

Amherst’s Trayci Metzger was the meet director.

“She did an amazing job,” said Robertson.

Metzger said coordinating the event was a yearlong endeavor.

“Everything went absolutely perfect this weekend,” she said. “It was a problem-free weekend.”

Robertson went into the weekend hoping to squat more than 900 pounds but ended up squatting 881 pounds, which gave him first place in the squat.

He also finished first in the bench press with a 675-pound lift.

At 595 pounds, Robertson didn’t have the best deadlift at the meet but still finished with the highest three-lift total, which was 2,151 pounds.

Robertson says Amherst will host the nationals a second time in either 2016 or 2017.

The Results from the CPF Pro-Am National’s are as follows:

– The Pro-Lifter results:

Best Raw Male Lifter – Chris Cromwell

Best Equipped Male Lifter – Nathan Robertson

Best Raw Female Lifter – Eva Dunbar

Best Equipped Female – Crystal De Jong

Biggest Squat – Nathan Robertson

Biggest Bench – Nathan Robertson

Biggest Deadlift – Kaelan Brennan

Biggest Total – Nathan Robertson

– The Amateur-Lifter results are as follows:

Best Raw Male – Camil Leclerc-Kegle

Best Raw Female – Hilda Siegel

Second Best Male – Khashayar Farzam

Second Best Female ­– Jessica Hughes

Biggest Squat – Marc Cardinal

Biggest Bench – Camil Leclerc-Kegle

Biggest Deadlift – JP Leclerc-Kegle

Biggest Total – JP Leclerc-Kegle