NI BENCH PRESS CHAMPIONSHIPS (TOBERMORE) - 18/8/12
40 Lifters turned up at the McKinney Hall on 18th August with smiles on their faces to compete in another fantastic NIPF Competition. In this dual event (equipped and unequipped lifting) it was extremely encouraging to see two female athletes and ten junior lifters set foot on the platform. The youngest of these was Ryan Rainey who benched 70kg in the Under 16 Category. Ryan is extremely strong and is destined to be a star of the future. The two lovely ladies (Josephine McAllister and Naomi McLean) both benched 55kg in the Senior 72 and 84kg Classes respectively, with Josephine narrowly pipping Naomi to best Female Lifter on body weight.
In the Men's 66kg Class James McIlwaine benched 85kg and Kris Boyce 115 (both unequipped) to come first in their respective Categories, Under 18 and Senior. Four lifters competed in the Under 74kg Class, each of them benching without equipment to win their Categories. These were Laurence Bunting (U23), Sean Ryan (Senior), Trevor Harvey (Masters 3), and Dessie Scott (Masters 4). These guys benched 127.5, 127.5, 70 and 87.5kg respectively for super totals.
Completing the first flight of lifters were the 5 men in the 83kg Class. These were Mark Nugent, Ashley Dallas, Jonathan Laffey, Brian McShane and Jim McNicholas. All Seniors bar Jim (M2), there were some serious weights pressed here. Mark (the only equipped lifter in his Class) benched 190 for 174 Wilks points - impressive! Ashley and Jonathan had a brilliant battle in the Unequipped Category, the former just pipping the latter to first place with his 140kg bench over Jonathan's 137.5 (albeit 2.7kg heavier). Well done to Brian McShane (renowned author of 'The few that do') for powering up 90kg on his very first outing. Brian will be back for more punishment in the Push/Pull in October! Last but not least was gentleman Jim McNicholas who narrowly missed 100kg and posted 90kg for a highly respectable day. Jim is a current exponent of Centaur Gym's 12 week body transformation (headed up by Paul McIlroy), which helps build both strength and physique.
The second flight of combatants was made up entirely from 93kg lifters. Some of the highlights included Ryan Stewart, who benched the elusive 200kg at 92kg to take the best Junior Equipped Title. Darren McKeown from Aaron's Gym benched 145 (unequipped) at 91.3kg to take first in the Under 20 Category. Jonny Boyd bested David Kernohan, the lighter man, in the Under 23 Category by lifting 140 to his 127.5 but this was a closer battle than on paper and I look forward to their next encounter. Our brand new Web Designer, William Newell benched 100kg (thanks William) to win the Masters 1 Category and the legendary Randall Crooks only missed out on best Senior Unequipped lifter by 1 Wilks point to eventual winner and NIPF Treasurer, Brian Coombes. It's never a disgrace when you lose out to the current British Bench Press Champion (120kg Class).
The final flight of lifters produced the best Equipped Senior lifter (Leslie Steele), the best Unequipped Senior lifter (Brian Coombes), the best Junior Unequipped lifter (Adrian McCullagh) and the best Masters Unequipped lifter (Colin Wright). Leslie benched 245 in the 120+ Class and without a doubt left 15 to 20kg on the platform. If his progression continues, the NIPF will see a 600lb bench very soon - watch this space! Adrian also benched well within himself and posted 200kg (over double his body weight). Brian benched 187.5kg and Colin 177.5 for a personal best. I can see a raw 400lb bench on the cards for Colin very soon!
Miles Hutchinson was first in the Under 20, 105kg Class. The man from Upperlands Gym posted 145kg for 121 Wilks points (Unequipped). Ciaran Conroy benched 135 in the Seniors and Adam McCombe 60kg in his first ever event. Also in the 105's were the Veteran Mike Gabbey who easily benched 85kg in the Masters 3 and Sammy Porter, who qualified for the British Championships by benching 145kg. It's great to see Mike lifting again after a serious tricep injury and Sammy getting the fire back into his belly again. In the 120 Class Roy McLean, husband of Naomi, benched an impressive 150kg at Masters 1. I expect Roy to push onto big things in 2013.
In the 120+ Jonny 'the gentle giant' Cathcart pushed a 160kg pb at 121.3kg Unequipped to win the Under 23's. Brian Steele, brother of Leslie, benched a massive 215 Unequipped and Robert 'nice guy' Newman benched 175 for a pb. Rob would surely have benched 180 had he gone for it on his second attempt! Finally last, but not least, well done to William Johnston (NIPF's Drug Enforcement Officer) for pressing 115kg. William's competition training had been unsettled and I expect big things from the man mountain next year.
Finally, can I say a big thank you to all the Competitors for your participation and playing your part in a wonderful event. To Nicky Murray and Denver McGuckin for organising the Competition logistics and putting together a great day. For those of you who received quality trophies and medals you must thank these guys! Special thanks and appreciation must also go out to Dave Warner (star MC and Strongman) for ensuring the day ran smoothly and Performance Nutrition Plus for providing free T-shirts. Thanks also to the great many spectators and supporters who turned up - the NIPF goes from strength to strength.
NI EQUIPPED CHAMPIONSHIPS (ENNISKILLEN) - 16/6/12
22 Lifters stepped onto the stage in the fine venue of Bodyworks Gym on the Tempo Road. Sponsored by Balcas and Performance Nutrition, there was an excellent mix of first time lifters and seasoned athletes alike. The 4 best lifter prizes went to Carla Wright (Ladies), Ryan Stewart (Juniors), Paddy Nelson (Seniors), and Dessie Scott (Masters). Each of these received a Belleek pottery trophy in addition to the medal, t-shirt, and certificate given to all who successfully completed the 3 lifts.
A large congratulation must go to Colin Wright and Jonathan Cathcart for organising the competition logistics and promoting the event. Also to the referees and loaders, without whom the competition could not have taken place. Niall Nugent and Mike Gibson were a fantastic help, as were Andrena McKeown and Brian Coombes. It was a perfect venue and all involved enjoyed the proceedings and we witnessed some great performances.
5 Ladies entered the event, their largest turnout in as long as I can remember. In her first competition, competing unequipped, Sinead Higgins totalled 240kg at 62.4kg, achieving a 110kg personal best in the deadlift. Jawine Westland also did very well squatting 100, benching 65, and pulling 140kg for a 305kg equipped total. Another first timer, Patricia McCrudden benched 57.5kg and easily deadlifted 130 at only 68.9kg bodyweight. Unfortunately she didn't post a squat due to lack of depth but this technicality can easily be corrected and I expect to see big lifts from her in the future. Gillian McCullough, another first timer from Enniskillen squatted 75kg, benched 45 and pulled 105, narrowly missing 120kg for a 225kg total. Carla took best female lifter via an 85kg squat, 70kg bench and 165 pb deadlift for a 320kg total at 61.5kg. Well done to all the girls!
At only 15 years old, following in his father's footsteps, Chris Nelson performed extremely well. He squatted 120, benched 60 and pulled a massive 140kg for an awesome 320kg total at only 64.9kg bodyweight. Ryan Rainey, at 14 years old, and in his first competition squatted 75kg, benched 65kg, and deadlifted 125 for 265kg. I would guess there is much more to come from this young man in the future.
James McIlwaine was the only under 18 lifter and performed extremely well to total 442.5kg at only 65.5kg. He achieved this by pb's in the squat and deadlift of 175 and 187.5kg respectively. James has improved massively and will go on to compete internationally this year. Ryan Stewart was the only under 20 lifter and went on to narrowly take the Junior best lifter crown from Craig Mahon. Ryan squatted 200, benched an awesome 180, and pulled 210 for a 580 total at 89.9kg. Welcome back Ryan! There were several impressive lifters in the under 23 age class - namely Richard McIlwaine, Craig Mahon, and Jonny 'the biggest man I have ever seen' Cathcart. These 3 guys totalled 320, 610, and 570 respectively. Jonny recorded a 240kg deadlift pb and Craig, lifting unequipped, squatted 220 and attempted 300 twice in the deadlift.
In the Seniors, Paddy Nelson took best lifter via a 195 squat, 157.5kg bench and 215 deadlift for 567.5kg at only 73.4. Consistent in all 3 lifts, Paddy is getting back to his all time best! Other notable mentions must also go to Kris Boyce who totalled 442.5, weighing only 64.3kg. Kris squatted and deadlifted excellently posting 142.5 and 190 respectively. Who knows - maybe in his next competition he will pull the elusive 3x bodyweight deadlift! Alan Davidson had to be pleased with his first competition. He squatted 140, benched 90 and pulled an awesome 185kg for a 415 total. I expect to see big things from Alan in the future.
Stephen Archer has bags of potential and totalled 530 unequipped at only 81.4kg. With a little bit of competition experience now under his belt watch out for Stephen in future. On another day his total could've been over 550! Laurynas Narbutas also did well in the same 83kg weight class and posted lifts of 160,120 and 200kg. Ricky Mullan, NIPF Director, was the favourite of many to take the Senior title. Ricky completed his squats each time (315, 320, and 325kg) but unfortunately did not pass any lift due to a lack of depth technicality and therefore bombed out of the competition. It can happen to the best of us!
Another lifter expected to do very well was Colin Wright, lifting in the 120kg M1 class. Colin suffered the same fate as Ricky, failing his 260 opener in the squat 3 times. Colin has awesome strength and will bounce back in his next competition. There were 3 other masters lifters - namely Dessie Scott, Trevor Harvey, and Kevin Gillespie. These guys all excelled. Dessie claimed the Masters overall title at 70 years old. Lifting in the M4 74kg class, Dessie recorded lifts of 145, 90, and 185 for a 415kg total and a 9 out of 9 performance. Dessie deservedly won the title and was one of only 2 people to pass in all their attempts. The other being Trevor Harvey, who went 105, 67.5 and 150kg for a total of 322.5 at 68 years young. Well done Trevor! Finally, last but certainly not least, was Kevin Gillespie. Kevin lifted extremely well in the M2 120 class going 170, 115, 190 for a 475 total. Kevin is an extremely good technical lifter and I expect to see more from him in competitions to follow.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE LIFTERS AND COMPETITORS FOR MAKING THIS EVENT HAPPEN.
NI DEADLIFT CHAMPIONSHIPS (KILREA) - 31/3/12
58 Lifters stepped onto the competition platform for the first time in the 2012 NIPF calendar. It was a perfect setting for an extremely enjoyable day and there were 9 weight classes, including 10 equipped lifters and 1 lady athlete (Carla Wright).
It was a fantastic day of lifting and Geoff Faris won best lifter with an excellent 325kg at 108.1kg (equipped) for 192.3 Wilks points. It couldn't have been closer at the top, with Bert Clarke totalling 320kg for a pb at 103.7kg in the Masters 1 (minus the suit). Josh McCabe was another standout lifter, pulling 325kg with ease for 187.4 Wilks in the 120kg (Under 23) Category. The three next best lifters were Andy Cussick, Brian (the silverback) Irwin, and Robert Robinson. Andy lifted his opening 280kg for 184.6 Wilks at 84.8kg equipped - who knows what he would've been capable of had he taken his second or third attempts. Robert pulled 285kg and narrowly missed 295kg for 180.4 Wilks and 'The Silverback' lifted 325kg, when on another day he may have lifted over 350kg.
The weight classes were well balanced, with 11 lifters in the 105's and 10 lifters in both 83 and 93kg categories. There were also 7 lifters in the 120+kg class and 9 in the 74's. Perhaps the most encouraging thing of the entire competition was that as many as 22 of the competitive field were juniors!
In her very first competition, Carla Wright almost lifted two and a half times her bodyweight for a massive 150kg and 164.3 Wilks. Philip Archer managed the same weight in the U18 Unequipped class to win the 59kg category. There were 4 lifters in the 66kg class, each representing different age categories. Kris Boyce lifted an awesome 185kg (almost 3x bodyweight) to win the seniors, scoring 148.9 Wilks. There were also impressive performances by James McIlwaine (180kg at U18 equipped) and Chris Nelson (130kg at Under 16 years old).
Findhan Strain was best in the Senior 74kg class, lifting 215kg at only 72.9kg bodyweight to give him an impressive 156.3 Wilks. Close behind him on Wilks was Luke Campbell, who took the U23 unequipped title, lifting the same weight. Other notable mentions must go to Paddy Nelson who pulled 205kg at 72.9kg and Dessie Scott who lifted 170kg at only 72.6kg and over 70 years old. Wow! Trevor Bloomer also lifted 195kg in the Masters 1 category.
In the 83's, Stephen Archer was the standout lifter, pulling 250kg at just over 80kg for 169.9 Wilks. Tony Deeny also pulled a mighty impressive 235kg for serious Wilks and Scott McGarry lifted 225kg to win the very closely contested U23 class. Possibly the most impressive lift of the day was the 230kg (unequipped) lifted by Trevor Reid for 156.2 Wilks. Trevor isn't even 18 years old!
Andy Cussick was first in the 93kg equipped class and Robert Robinson first in the unequipped class. However, notable mentions must also go to Terence Brizzell who lifted 265kg for 169.8 Wilks (equipped). Jonny Boyd also pulled an impressive 245kg to win the Under 23's and Peter Magill lifted 240kg at under 18 years old (unequipped).
In the 105's, Bert Clarke scored highest points with a 320kg pb. Craig Mahon was also very impressive, pulling 290kg unequipped for 175.2 Wilks at under 23, narrowly missing 300kg on his third attempt. Miles Hutchinson won the Under 20's with a 260kg unequipped pull and Matthew Balfour won the Seniors with a 280kg lift (unequipped). There were also impressive lifts from Thomas Hadden (277.5kg) in the Seniors and Alan Tosh (270kg) in the Masters 2.
Geoff Faris and Josh McCabe were the best lifters in the 120 class but Colin 'sandals' Wright also deserves a special mention for his 305kg unequipped pb in the Masters 1 for 176.5 Wilks.
Brian Irwin was best in the over 120kg class but notable mentions must also go to Chris McNaughten who pulled the magic 300kg and Ricky 'the entertainer' Mullan who lifted 310kg to win the Senior equipped category, narrowly missing out on 327.5kg. Geoff Johnston totalled an impressive 262.5kg in the Masters 2 and there was also a 260kg pb for Lee Boreland.
Finally, special appreciation must also be given to Denise Gourley for putting everything in place and to Nicky (the star of the show) Murray for running the competition. Dave Warner did an excellent job as MC and we couldn't have coped without the help of the 3 international standard referees on show.
Well done to everyone who participated or helped in any way- see you all at the NI Championships in Enniskillen in June. This is the start of big things in the NIPF for 2012!
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No fewer than 24 lifters competed in the NIPF Raw Power Championships, sponsored by Performance Nutrition Plus, in Beechmount Club, Springfield Road. It was a fun packed day with some excellent performances. Brian Irwin won best male lifter in the Seniors with a massive 855 total in the 120+ class. Colin Wright won best Master lifter totalling 702.5, when on another day, he could have posted 740kg plus. The 120kg class was the most competitive and there were impressive totals from Brian Coombes, Roy McLean, and Jonny 'the beard' Cathcart.
Samuel Goddard totalled the best in the 105 (M1) Class with a very consistent performance. Mick Coleman benched a superb 145kg, but watch out for U23 lifter Thomas Hadden in future competitions who pulled a 280kg deadlift with ease. In the 93kg class Randall Crookes won with a 630kg total via a 285kg deadlift and 175kg bench. John McCall posted a fantastic 500kg total in his very first outing. Trevor Reid (83kg class) was best U18 lifter, squatting 140kg and pulling 220kg for a 445kg total. Also in the 83kg class, Brian Miller pulled an awesome 230kg deadlift at only 81.2kg bodyweight.
Notable mentions must also go to the 2 female lifters - Jawine Westland and Naomi McLean, both lifting fantastically well. Kris Boyce squatted over double his bodyweight and deadlifted almost 3 times his bodyweight to win the Senior 66kg class and Paddy Nelson totalled 485 at only 73.6kg to win the 74kg class.
Special thanks to all the referees, loaders, spotters and helpers on the day who, without them, the competition would not have been possible. A big thank you also to Ricky Mullan and Gina Quinn for running the competition. Next stop - Kilrea on 31 March for the Deadlift. See you there!
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This write-up comes courtesy of Andrew Chapman. Local interest in Mullingar competition.Three NIWLA competitors took part in a recent Single Lifts competition in Mullingar, West Meath.
Local attention now turns to the British Juniors Championships next month, where Belfast YMCA’s Ryan Stewart will hope to make an impact in the 82.5kg U18 class. . Pictures can be viewed in the Gallery sector.
write up from the Omagh club after holding their Omagh unequipped competition.