Powerlifting club go on a record-shattering spree

2014-06-30 00:00

THE Waterfall-based powerlifting club Highway Iron broke 26 South African records and six world records at the recent South African National Power Lifting competition in Pretoria hosted by the Rhino Power Lifting organisation.

“This event attracted 67 of the strongest lifters throughout South Africa to pit their mettle against one another,” said club member Grant Fullerton.

“An international judge was flown in to ensure that judging standards were of the highest order and to validate any world record attempts.”

The club’s success in Pretoria will see several members going on to compete at the international championships held in Argentina this August under the auspices of the sports umbrella body, Global Powerlifting Committee (GPC). “We still have to discuss finances and how we are going to go about that,” said Fullerton.

While Highway Iron have only been lifting for two years they have been quick to show their strength and currently holdsa slew of national records.

There are three types of lift in powerlifting, explains Fullerton: “Squats, bench presses and dead lifts.

“Powerlifting is a sport of strength, not a sport of aesthetics,” Fullerton adds, thus differentiating it from bodybuilding, which is more display oriented.

Powerlifting sees men and women competing in different classes gauged according to age and weight.

“The sport has gained a following thanks to the interest in crossfit,” says Fullerton. This blends gymnastics with various other strength and endurance elements, including powerlifting.

“Crossfit is very popular; it’s like a craze sweeping the world — with both men and women getting involved.

“This has seen a resurgence of powerlifting and a lot of women are showing interest in powerlifting. And where there are women there are men.”

In Pretoria last weekend Highway Iron club member Zane Ison created new world records in the squat, bench and dead lift categories while Waldo Preston created South African records in squat, bench and a world record in dead lift.

Ashleigh Piper — incidentally Fullerton’s daughter — created a new SA record in bench and a world record for dead lift in the junior female class. Other SA record-breakers from the club were Donald Morris, Shaun McCreedy, Brendon Vannan, Bruce Pridgeon, Fullerton, Ashley Horner and Diego Cardona.

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