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Digby powerlifter golden at Commonwealth: Paul Gidney focusing on winning Worlds next

Canadian powerlifting champion Paul Gidney of Culloden, Digby County displays the four gold medals he won at the Commonwealth championships in NFLD Sept 16. KARLA KELLY
Canadian powerlifting champion Paul Gidney of Culloden, Digby County displays the four gold medals he won at the Commonwealth championships in NFLD Sept 16. KARLA KELLY - Karla Kelly
DIGBY, N.S. —

Canadian national powerlifting champion Paul Gidney is golden after lifting his way to four gold medals at the Commonwealth championships in Newfoundland on Sept 16.

Paul Gidney raises his hands and cheers after being awarded the overall gold medal in the Common-wealth powerlifting championships. CONTRIBUTED
Paul Gidney raises his hands and cheers after being awarded the overall gold medal in the Common-wealth powerlifting championships. CONTRIBUTED

Gidney lifted 182-and-a-half kilos in the bench, 252 kilos in the squat and 296 kilos in the deadlift, setting Canadian and Commonwealth records in that final event.
The Digby athlete was also awarded the overall gold medal for his successful performance.
The Master II lifter said he was very relaxed during the Commonwealth championship.
“I put no pressure on myself,” Gidney said.

“I didn't really know what I was capable of lifting that day," he added.
With the Commonwealth win behind him, Gidney will pay attention to details as he focuses on making his muscles stronger in order to win the Worlds.
“I feel good right now, but I know I have to have more strength in all of my lifts as I prepare for the Worlds,” he said.

“The weights will start getting heavier and I will focus on getting more out of the gym and my lifting.”
Gidney says he is proud to represent Culloden in Digby County and he continues to thank God for all his strength.
The local powerlifter leaves for Potchefstroom, South Africa on Oct. 8 and will compete on Oct. 11.

Contributed Paul Gidney lifts 296 kilos in the deadlift to set a Canadian and a Commonwealth record in that events at the Commonwealth championships in NFLD on Sept 16. CONTRIBUTED
Contributed Paul Gidney lifts 296 kilos in the deadlift to set a Canadian and a Commonwealth record in that events at the Commonwealth championships in NFLD on Sept 16. CONTRIBUTED

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