The last few months has been a busy period for the ABS Powerlifting team.
Some of the team competed in the European single lift championships recently breaking World junior and teen records. Not long after 4 of the females from the team traveled to Belfast to compete as guests at the NIPF meet where all 4 girls broke personal bests and set some world class totals in preparation for the WDFPF World Championships in Moldova.
Seven members from the ABS team flew out to Moldova to compete in the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation (WDFPF) World championships. This was the last competition of the year and was a chance to get some big totals and improve on the current IDFPA rankings.
In total we had 5 females and 2 males ranging aged between 15 -65
Every single member of the team was in contention to challenge for either a World record or win their weight class.
Shane McCarthy was the youngest member of the team aged 15 years old and had recently broke a teenager World squat record only a few weeks before in Gorey squatting an impressive 125.5kg squat at 67kg bodyweight.
Shane finished up with a 130kg Squat, 60kg Bench Press and 135 Deadlift at a bodyweight of 67.5kg. This was 3 PB’s for Shane and a 1st place in his age and weight class. This was Shane’s first year of competing after coming through the Junior Athlete Development program.
Dave McQullian was our only senior male lifter from the team with Bryan not defending his 75kg title from last year due to being to fat :-). Dave finished runner up at the Nationals this year in his first full power meet but new that day he had plenty left in the tank and was on course to challenge for 1st place in the 67.5kg class. Dave broke the Irish National Squat record with a 177.5kg squat well over double bodyweight.
Dave was neck and neck for first place all the way through and was second leading in to the deadlift. Dave finished with a 217.5kg personal best deadlift to clinch first place and beat his Ukrainian challenger. Dave finished with a 510kg total to win the senior and open weight class in his second ever powerlifting meet and creep in to the top 10 IDFPA ranked lifters in Ireland.
Up next were the four girls starting with our lightest lifter Hazel Hu.
Hazel was aiming to break two world records in the squat and deadlift. Despite missing her first squat on depth she nailed her second (105kg) and then attempted the world record of 110.5kg on her 3rd. Hazel lost it at the bottom and finished up with a 295 total at 50.5kg bodyweight. Hazel took 1st place in her weight class to top of a very successful year and secured her no.1 female ranking position.
Medb Murtagh was the only junior female and was looking to break another junior squat record in the 53kg class. Medb hit a PB Squat with an easy 97.5kg squat breaking the National senior record and junior world record and then broke the full power junior record with a 270kg total and impressive 120kg deadlift.
Siobhan Hynes was runner up last year in the 55.5kg class. She had put in some serious work over the last 12 months winning the 53kg National Championship and putting up a huge total at 57kg bodyweight at the NIPF meet. Siobhan finished first overall nailing her last deadlift at the second attempt after changing style from sumo to conventional after the sumo attempt didn’t budge from the ground.
Linh Ngyuen was aiming for the 58.5kg Squat World record and a second WDFPF World Championship in a row. Linh had a pretty successful year winning the 55.5kg National Championships for the second time, was selected to represent Ireland with Hazel at the 4 nations and recently totaled her 300kg at the NIPF a few weeks before narrowly missing out on a 125kg squat due to depth.
Linh opened up with an easy 117.5kg then followed it with a 123.5kg WR attempt. She missed the squat due to depth and then missed her third squat losing tightness at the bottom of the squat. Linh managed to hit a comp bench PB with a 57.5kg bench despite missing the second attempt and did the same with a 125kg deadlift. Linh finished 1st in her weight class despite only getting 5/9 lifts and equaled her total personal best.
Last but not least was our master lifter Imelda Farrell. Imelda was at her first World championships and was aiming to beat her personal bests and WDFPA Master Records. Unfortunately Imelda didn’t get depth on the first squat, double bounced on the second and bombed on the 3rd squat losing her upper back tightness. She carried on and despite the disappointment she unofficially broke the deadlift master record for her age and weight class.
Overall the ABS powerliftingteam won 5 first place medals 5 of them being senior medals and broke multiple national records and a couple of world records despite a few being missed.
The aim was to go to Moldova and win the weight classes which everyone did successfully. Despite not everyone hitting personal bests the team can be take away the experience of grinding our results and lifts and getting the job done when needed.
Next year will be a big year for the ABS Powerlifting with some fierce competition coming through especially in the female division with gyms such as HENCH in Belfast and new lifters coming through each competition.
Jay Farrant ABS Powerlifting