Mighty performances by local powerlifters at provincials

Jonathan Parsons
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Athletes qualify for nationals

The Newfoundland and Labrador Powerlifting Provincials were on Saturday and many local lifters had an outstanding showing.

Mark Holloway of Bloomfield set a total of eight new Newfoundland records in all of his successful lifts.

Holloway lifted in the Men’s Equipped 120 kilograms plus category and finished first in that division with a total 925 kilograms in squat, bench press and deadlift.

He fell on a squat attempt but overall is very pleased with his effort. Holloway has returned to competitive powerlifting after seven years away from the sport.

He will go on to compete at nationals in St. John’s in April.

Pat Greene of Clarenville competed in Men’s Classic Junior category at 105 kilograms and finished second. His total was 515 kilograms.

His girlfriend, Alexa Thorne won her division, the Female Classic Junior category at 84 kilograms with a total of 280 kilograms.

Thorne also participated in the bench-only category, lifting 57.5 kilograms.

Wayne Coffey, from Paradise, lives in Clarenville for work. Coffey had an impressive showing, qualifying for nationals in his 74-kilogram weight class with a total weight of 495 kilograms.

Jon Stanley, a 23-year-old, received the top honour for men by receiving the medal for overall lifter.

He also came first in Men’s Classic 105-kilogram, totaling a provincial record 680 kilograms and bench only category, putting up 182.5 kilograms, also a record.

The Clarenville native now lives in Milton and trains at the Wave Fitness Centre.

This was Stanley’s very first powerlifting competition and will now lift at the nationals next year.

There will be another powerlifting competition in November in St. John’s.

For the full story on Stanley and the powerlifters of the area and their performance at provincials, see next Thursday’s print edition of The Packet.


Organizations: Wave Fitness Centre, The Packet

Geographic location: Clarenville, Newfoundland, Milton

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