BURTON Powerhouse All Round Weightlifting Club has held its 27th annual club championships and despite injuries and illness eight club members competed for the title of Overall Club Champion for 2013.
The lifters had to contend three disciplines: the one-hand barbell clean and jerk, the cheat curl and the Jefferson Lift (straddle deadlift).
In the ladies department, Paula Thompson was the Open 50kg Class Champion, Karen Gardner the Masters 80kg Class Champion and Toni Saxton the Ladies Masters 90kg Class Champion.
In the Men’s competition, two new lifters made their mark, and after three months of training they both lifted well.
Chris Findon in the Men’s Open 75kg Class and young 17-year-old Ciro Crispino was outstanding in the Junior 125kg Class.
Club founder and coach Steve Gardner said: “We’re waiting for ratification, but we believe Ciro’s broken the Junior IAWA (International All Round Weightlifting Association) world record with a lift of 200.5kg (more than 440 lbs).”
The seasoned lifters then battled it out for top spot – Graham Saxton put in a solid performance in the Men’s Masters 125kg Class but the main battle was between Luke Davis and James Gardner.
Davis, pushed Gardner Jnr all the way, straddling 215kg for a personal best, but Gardner – the current Men’s Open World Champion in the Men’s 90kg class – pulled a 220kg lift to finish just a point ahead of Luke in the amended results standing (all lifters totals are multiplied by a body weight and age formula to decide the best overall lifter).
It was an excellent competition with Gardner first, Davis second and Thompson coming through to take third.