MEMBERS of Burton’s Powerhouse Gym have performed well at an International All-round Weightlifting Association (IAWA) world championships held in Lancashire.
Steve Gardner’s Burton-based club had four lifters taking part in the championship, which is a drug-free event.
They had to compete in seven different disciplines over two days in Accrington, with James Gardner winning the men’s 95kg category, Paula De La Mata taking the ladies 50kg title and Graham Saxton coming out on top in the Masters 50+ section.
Luke Davis, meanwhile, finished second in the men’s 80kg section.
The lifts were: the Press, the Continental Snatch (also known as a Hang Snatch), the Pullover at Arms Length, the Vertical Bar lift with a 2in bar, the Squat, the Dumbbell Clean and Jerk and the Trap Bar Deadlift.
The Burton lifters came up against athletes from as far afield as Australia, Pakistan, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, Finland and the United States.
James Gardner (pictured) was in a tough class where five lifters were fighting for the title.
After six events, Gardner was neck and neck with Timo Lauttamus from Finland.
But James was superb, with his second round lift in the Trap Bar winning him gold.
He then went on to take 250kg for his third attempt and set a new personal best.
He lifted the bar with such ease that he then went for a fourth attempt outside of the competition and broke the IAWA world record with a stonking lift of 360.5kg.
De La Mata, despite a tough battle from four other girls took the crown.
She was under pressure from Nadia Da Silva, from England, but she stuck to her game plan and Da Silva missed her lifts in the Vertical Bar.
The evergreen De La Mata pushed hard and took the win, along with a new record in the last lift, the Trap Bar Deadlift, with a lift of 102.5kg.
Saxton, meanwhile, lifted very well throughout the tournament, using every bit of his experience and strength to forge ahead and take the title.
Davis, meanwhile, is fast becoming a seasoned lifter and is now in his second year of international competition.
He set new personal bests along the way and lifted superbly, but it was just not enough to knock the eventual winner off top spot.
That honour went to the outstanding Josh Haydock from Preston
The lifters at the club are now preparing for the National Clubs Championships in January, where the Burton team have been selected to represent the Midlands.