Pow­er­lifter proves strength at na­tional event

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION - BY ANDREW ROBIN­SON

Perry’s Cove na­tive Jeff Butt made some big lifts at the Cana­dian Pow­er­lift­ing Union Na­tional Bench Press and Pow­er­lift­ing Cham­pi­onships in Char­lot­te­town, P.E.I., and re­turned home with equally large re­sults.

Butt placed first in the 93 kilo­grams weight divi­sion and also won the best mas­ter lifter award for over­all per­for­mance at the event, which took place April 1-2.

He lifted 292.5 kilo­grams (644 pounds) in the squat, 235 kg(517 lbs)in the bench press, and 290 kg (640 lbs) in the pow­er­lift.

“It was pretty good, un­der the cir­cum­stances,” said Butt. “ My daugh­ter had been sick three or four weeks be­fore the event and was in hos­pi­tal, so I didn’t get the proper train­ing for the last month be­fore the event. That was my goal there, to win top lifter and win my class.”

He said the vic­tory was ded­i­cated to his daugh­ter.

“I had her pic­ture with me while I was lift­ing,” he said.

Butt, who lives in Par­adise, started pow­er­lift­ing in the early 1990s in Car­bon­ear un­der the guid­ance of Steve Pow­ell. Since then, he has built quite a rep­u­ta­tion on the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional pow­er­lift­ing cir­cuit, hav­ing earned mul­ti­ple ti­tles since the 1990s and bro­ken sev­eral na­tional records. Butt is also pres­i­dent of the Cana­dian Pow­er­lift­ing Union.

“I had some nat­u­ral strength I guess,” he said, look­ing back on his early years in pow­er­lift­ing. “Ini­tially, I didn’t have to work re­ally hard at it, but to get to the level where I’m at now, you can’t just rely on nat­u­ral strength. You have to look at the tech­ni­cal as­pects of lift­ing.”

His per­for­mance at the na­tional cham­pi­onships has earned Butt the right to at­tend the World Mas­ters Pow­er­lift­ing Cham­pi­onships, be­ing held in St. Catharine’s, Ont., Sept. 28-Oct. 2. It will be Butt’s first time com­pet­ing at the World Mas­ters in the over-40 event.

His best lifts in the past came when Butt was lift­ing at a heav­ier weight. With good train­ing, he hopes to reach those heights once again at the world event.

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