Powerlifter proves strength at national event
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.