Pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships at­tract record num­bers

Sum­mer­side’s Til­man Gal­lant in­ducted into Hall of Fame

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

It was a big day re­cently for powerlifting on Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

The 2017 P.E.I. powerlifting and bench-press cham­pi­onships at­tracted a record num­ber of par­tic­i­pants – nearly 60 – at Credit Union Place in Sum­mer­side re­cently.

Along with a num­ber of out­stand­ing per­for­mances by ath­letes, well-known com­peti­tor Til­man Gal­lant of Sum­mer­side re­ceived a very spe­cial hon­our. A cer­e­mony was held dur­ing the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships to in­duct Gal­lant into the P.E.I. Powerlifting Hall of Fame. He is only the sec­ond per­son to re­ceive this pres­ti­gious hon­our.

Gal­lant has com­peted lo­cally, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally through­out his ca­reer.

Powerlifting awards

A num­ber of awards were handed out for both powerlifting and bench only com­pe­ti­tions.

Jes­sica Hal­cov­itch re­ceived the award for best open fe­male lifter. She com­peted in the 57-kilo­gram class, and had lifts of 120 kilo­grams in squat, 62.5 kilo­grams in bench and a dead­lift of 125 kilo­grams for a to­tal of 307.5 kilo­grams.

JP Richard, who com­peted in the 93-kilo­gram class, was the top lifter in open male.

His lifts were 245 kilo­grams in squat, 172.5 kilo­grams in bench and a 275-kilo­gram dead­lift for a to­tal of 692.5 kilo­grams.

Natasha Dunn-Kvedaras was pre­sented with the award for top lifter in mas­ters fe­male. Com­pet­ing in Mas­ters 1, Dun­nKvedaras lifted 130 kilo­grams in squat, 82.5 kilo­grams in bench and a dead­lift of 137.5 kilo­grams for a 350-kilo­gram to­tal.

Shiek Ali was ac­knowl­edged as the best mas­ters male lifter. Ali lifted in the Master 1 class, and had scores of 180 kilo­grams in squat, 125 kilo­grams in bench, 185 kilo­grams in dead­lift and a to­tal of 490 kilo­grams.

Amanda Kate Parker, com­pet­ing in the 84-kilo­gram class, was the top fe­male ju­nior lifter.

Her lifts were 147.5 kilo­grams in squat, 82.5 kilo­grams in bench and 175 kilo­grams in dead­lift. Her to­tal was 405 kilo­grams.

Guil­laume LeBlanc had to­tal lifts of 630 kilo­grams in earn­ing the award for top ju­nior male lifter. His break­down of lifts in the 83-kilo­gram class in­cluded 242.5 kilo­grams in squat, 137.5 kilo­grams in bench and 250 kilo­grams in dead­lift.

Top bench lifters

Mi­randa Crane, who lifted 65 kilo­grams in the 72-kilo­gram open class, re­ceived the award for top fe­male in the ben­chonly com­pe­ti­tion.

Richard, com­pet­ing in the 105-kilo­gram open class, lifted 170 kilo­grams en route to earn­ing the award for top male in the bench-only com­pe­ti­tion.

DE­SIREE ANSTEY/ JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

In front of an en­thu­si­as­tic crowd at Credit Union Place, Grif­fin Wake­lin lifts 200 kilo­grams in the men’s sub ju­nior 105-kilo­gram class. Wake­lin was one of nearly 60 com­peti­tors in the 2017 P.E.I. powerlifting and bench-press cham­pi­onships re­cently.

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