Anis Thomas, Kenneth Melville, Colin Chesney & John Edwards are the main acts
With one of their aims being the decentralizing of the sport, the executive of the Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPF) will be holding their season opening event in the Ancient County of Berbice on February 20.
Upper Corentyne has produced quite a number of the current powerlifting stars and the decision to host the annual novice and junior championships there will be welcome by the Berbicians.
According to a GAPF release, a number of new faces are expected to make their first appearance at the novices in the sub junior (18 years & under), Junior (19 – 23 years) and Open (over 23) categories.
Among the highlights of what is expected to be an explosive day is the anticipated clash of the Guyana’s two leading juniors; Anis Ade Thomas of Berbice (2010 Caribbean junior silver medalist) and Kenneth Melville (North American Regional junior silver medalist) who hails from the Cinderella County of Essequibo.
These two powerlifters, apart from going head to head to determine who is the best, will also be vying for the lone spot on the National team for the upcoming 5th Annual Caribbean Powerlifting Championships slated for the Cayman Islands in March.
What is anticipated to be a ding dong battle and is billed as the ‘CLASH of the TITANS’ is the showdown between Caribbean cold medalist ‘Big’ John Edwards and National heavyweight champion Colin ‘Mr. Clean’ Chesney of Linden.
Both heavyweight athletes are warming up for their first International engagement of 2011, the Caribbean Championships.
These two big guns will be attempting to become the first Guyanese ever to squat 800 lbs/362.81kgs.
Edwards is the current holder of the national squat record which stands at 771.75lbs/350.0kgs while Chesney’s best official attempt which was achieved at last year’s seniors is 744.18lbs/337.5kgs.
Meanwhile, the GAPF stated that there are new Weight Categories that have been fixed by the International Powerlifting Federation which came into effect as of January 1st, 2011.
They are: Women – 43kgs (Sub junior and junior), 52kgs, 57kgs, 63kgs, 72kgs, 84, 84+kgs.
Men – 53kgs (Sub junior and junior), 59kgs, 66kgs, 74kgs, 83kgs, 93kgs, 105kgs, 120kgs, 120+kgs.
Weigh in time on February 20 will be 10:30hrs with lifting time set for 11:30hrs. The GAPF als stated that transportation will be provided by the Federation for lifters and bona fide supporters desirous of travelling to Corriverton.
The assembly point will be the Linden Bus Park, Hadfield Street with departure time fixed for 08:00hrs.
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