Provincial powerlifting records broken in Digby

Published on June 3, 2010
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Paul Gidney successfully completes a squat of 250 kg in the first of three powerlifting events. Karla Kelly photo

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Digby powerlifter Paul Gidney receives the trophy for the Best Master Lifter from his mother, Edith Trimper. Karla Kelly photo

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Colin Boutilier, a 69-year-old powerlifter from Sydney, is successful in all three squat attempts with 147.5 kg being his biggest lift. Karla Kelly photo

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Justin Lovell, 23, of Sydney Mines, sets a provincial record with a squat of 325 kg. Karla Kelly photo

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Adam MacDonald, a 15-year-old from Sydney Mines, set four provincial records at the Culloden Powerlifting competitions. Karla Kelly photo

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A judge watches the powerlifter bench press carefully for any errors the competitor might make. Karla Kelly photo

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Mike MacDonald completed this dead lift of 320-kg in the master junior division. Karla Kelly photo

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Paul Gidney strains during his attempt to dead lift 272.5 kg. Karla Kelly photo

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Mike MacDonald receives the trophy for Best Male Bencher from competition host Paul Gidney. Karla Kelly photo

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Justin Lovell receives the Mike Laroche Memorial trophy from host Paul Gidney. Karla Kelly photo

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Lee Ann Dalling, a multiple Canadian champion bencher and world champion, receives the trophy for the best female bencher. Karla Kelly photo

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The logo for the Culloden Powerlifting provincial championships . Karla Kelly photo

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By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER NovaNewsNow.com

Records were set Saturday in Digby as over 30 power lifters from around the province and Prince Edward Island took part in the provincial powerlifting and bench press championships.

Culloden Powerlifting hosted the 2010 championships as athletes ranging in age from 15 to 69 competed in the squat, bench press and deadlift events.

Adam MacDonald, a 15-year-old sub-junior from Sydney Mines, set four provincial records in the three categories as well as in the overall total.

MacDonald, who has been powerlifting for just three months, lifted 138 kilograms in the squat, 102.5 kg in the bench press and 185 kg in the deadlift to win gold in his age class and division.

Justin Lovell, 23, and also from Sydney Mines, lifted 325 kg in the squat to break a provincial record set in 1987. Lovell also won the Mike Laroche Memorial Trophy for the Best Open Male.

Colin Boutilier, a 69-year-old men’s masters 3 powerlifter from Sydney, was first in his age, class and division with eight of nine successful lifts in the three events.

Boutilier said he got into powerlifting two years ago and believes he has found the secret to the fountain of youth.

“I was into body building for years and then decided to power lift two years ago ,entering my first competition last year,” Boutilier said. “Powerlifting is very, very good for your health and I believe the fountain of youth can be found in the gym.

“I don’t care if I win; I enjoy the companionship with the younger generation.”

Digby’s Paul Gidney, host for the Culloden Powerlifting, won gold in the powerlifting and bench press. He lifted 250 kg in the squat, 175 kg in the bench press and 250 in the deadlift while in the bench press event; he lifted 167.5 kg for the Best Master Lifter Trophy.

Gidney said he damaged some nerves in his legs this February while training for the national competition.

“I had already registered for Nationals that were in April so I went and participated in the open events ending up in fourth place after lifting 250 kg in the squat, 170 kg in the bench press and 270 kg in the deadlift,” Gidney said. “I am injury-free right now.”

Gidney made a bid and won the right to host the powerlifting provincials in Digby.

 “Digby Elementary was a great venue to host the competition and the school was very supportive of the event.

It was great to see people from Digby come out to support the event and the number of volunteers made the competition run efficiently, he added.

Highlight of the event for Gidney came during the medal and trophy presentation when his mother, Edith Trimper, presented him with his two medals and trophy.

“It was an emotional time for both of us because this was the first time my mother had seen me power lift and I was so glad she could be there and support me.”