Island lifters claim medals, set records at nationals

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Charlottetown powerlifter John MacDonald competes at the Canadian Powerlifting Union’s national championships recently in St. Catharines, Ont.

Island athletes were among the country’s strongest at the Canadian Powerlifting Union’s national championships recently in St. Catharines, Ont., where all six reached the podium and six new records were set.

John MacDonald competed in 120 kg Open classic and equipped and won gold in equipped with a 360 kg squat, a record-breaking 270.5 kg bench and a 295kg deadlift.

His classic numbers (280 kg squat, 180 kg bench, 290 kg deadlift) placed him fourth.

Cara MacKenzie, in 72kg Sub-Junior Classic, had a squat of 95 kg, benched 45 kg and set a deadlift record of 145.5 kg on route to a gold medal.

Perennial powerlifting champ Tom Nicholls, in 120 kg Master 2 Classic, had a Master 1 and Master 2 record-setting squat of 267.5kg, and a 190 kg bench press and a 280 kg deadlift for the gold medal.

Stephen Flemming, in 93 kg Master 2 Classic, had a 150 kg squat, a 135 kg bench and a 170 kg deadlift to earn a silver medal then won another silver in the bench press competition with a lift of 137.5 kg.

Jill MacFarlane earned

a bronze medal in 47 kg Open Classic with a 70 kg squat, 42.5 kg bench and

80 kg deadlift.

Brad Kennedy, in 105 kg Master 1 Equipped, competed in powerlifting but didn’t receive a total after missing his squats.

However, in bench only, he pressed 262.5 kg, good for a gold medal and a new record in Master 1 and Open bench.

Kennedy also won best male bench press at the competition awards ceremony.

Nicholls was awarded best Master 2 lifter and the Bill Jamison award, which is presented to the CPU member who best demonstrates perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the sport of powerlifting.

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