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Gidney lifting at World Championships


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Paul Gidney set a record dead lift of 290 kilograms at the Canadian National Powerlifting championships.

Paul Gidney is ready to take on the world.

The Digby Scallop Fisherman flew to Orlando Florida on Saturday, Sept. 21 for the World Powerlifting Championships. He will lift against five others late in the day Friday, Sept. 27.

Gidney qualified for the Worlds by placing first at the Canadian Nationals in Vancouver in March in the Masters II (over 50) age category and the over 105 kg weight class.

Powerlifting is made up of three lifts.

The bench press is lieing on your back pushing weights up from your chest.

The squat is bending down at the knees with a loaded barbell on your shoulders.

And the deadlift is picking a loaded barbell up off the ground from a stabilized, bent over position.

The competitors get three tries at each lift and their best are added together for a total score.

At Nationals, Gidney squatted 235 kilograms, benched 177.5 and deadlifted 290 kilograms for a total of 702.5 kilograms.

The deadlift was a Masters II record.

Gidney says he has made big improvements this summer.

The scallop fleet caught their quota early and he has had all summer off.

“It’s the first summer I could actually eat, sleep and lift,” he said. “When I’m fishing all day, I don’t have the energy to do what I want to do in the gym. This summer I didn’t have to rush my lifting.”

Gidney spends about three hours in his gym four times a week.

He is currently ranked fourth based on what everyone has been lifting in recent competitions. His deadlift is the best in the world in his class.

At the worlds, competitors can receive medals for the individual lifts.

Gidney says he is very confident but won’t make any predictions.

He will be contacting the Courier Friday when the lifting is over.

Fans here at home can watch the event on the Internet by going to www.powerlifting.ca and clicking on a link to the Master Worlds livestream.

Gidney has qualified for Worlds four times in the last seven years and he has gone twice.

“Each country sends their best lifter for each weight class and I am looking forward to representing my country and the town of Digby on the world stage,” he said.

jriley@digbycourier.ca

 

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