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Powerhouse dominate Preston-based contest

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

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BURTON Powerhouse Weightlifting Club claimed four winners medals and a runners-up spot at the recent British Grip Strength Championships.

Held at the University of Lancaster in Preston, James Gardner was the squad’s stand-out competitor, being named overall best lifter after emerging victorious in the men’s 90-kilo class.

Joining him as class winners were Paula de la Mata, who claimed the ladies 50-kilo title, and veterans Jason Dorn – men’s 95-kilo masters (40+) champion – and Graham Saxton – men’s 125-kilo masters (50+) champion.

Just missing out on top billing was Luke Davis, who came second in the men’s 80-kilo class.

The lifts for this competition tested the grip strength of the weightlifters in the three disciplines – the two hands pinch grip lift; the one hand vertical bar lift on a two-inch bar and the fulton deadlift on

a two-inch bar.

Steve Gardner, who coaches the club at the Pakistani Community Centre on Uxbridge Street, said: “It was a great performance by the Powerhouse team, and well done to James.”

The club members are now in training for the Midlands All-Round Open Championships which will be held in Grimsby in March.

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