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James Gardner strikes gold as Powerhouse to the fore

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 16, 2014

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BURTON weightlifter James Gardner pulled off a stunning individual achievement to win gold at the 2014 British All Round Weightlifting Championships on a great day overall for the town’s Powerhouse Academy gym.

The team won five titles at the event in Leicester, with Gardner (below) pulling off a magnificent 200 kilos (440lbs) One Hand Deadlift to scoop the mens 95 kilo class title, as well as finishing second overall in the Best Open Division category and third place overall in the Champion of Champion rankings.

Meanwhile, Burton’s Paula Thompson had a double reason to celebrate after emerging with two titles from the championships.

Thompson took the title in the ladies 50 kilo class, defeating Eastbourne’s Nadia Silva in a closely-fought battle.

She also won the Best Female Lifter trophy to complete a memorable day, having also broken two International All-Round Weightlifting Association (IAWA) records.

There more victories for Burton thanks to veteran Graham Saxton’s excellent performance in the Masters (over 50s) 125 kilo class, as he broke two Masters’ records to take a well-earned title.

Luke Davis continued to show tremendous improvement as he was victorious in the mens’ 80 kilo class.

One of the club’s newer stars – Chris Findon – also put on an impressive display in the mens’ 70 kilo class as he broke several personal bests on the way to a second-place finish.

Those performances meant that Powerhouse were the most successful team on the day, beating the Metamorfit team from Eastbourne, and coach Steve Gardner was “extremely proud” of his charges.

He said: “I was so impressed with the team’s performance across the event and to hear them praised for their good technique and performance techniques was really satisfying.

“It is down to the practice and dedication of our club’s members.”

The British All Round Weightlifting Championships are the IAWA’s top domestic fixture and is similar to a decathlon in athletics, with several different lifts, each designed to test different strengths and abilities across the body.

Burton will next be represented by the Powerhouse team in the British Olympic Championships in Tiverton, Devon, in July and the British Single Arm Championships in Glasgow in August.

The gym is situated at the Star Foundation premises in Queen Street, and the club is always on the lookout for new members.

Anyone interested should contact Steve Gardner on 01283 713464.

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