– crème de le crème will aim to out lift each other
Guyana’s strongmen and women will close pull the lid on this year’s competitions when
the Fitness Express sponsored, Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPF) senior national open championships are held this Sunday (November 9) at the Saint Stanislaus College Auditorium, Brickdam.
According to the GAPF, twenty-four (24) lifters including three females from six Gyms across Guyana have already signaled their intentions to compete headed by reigning Overall Best Lifter, Vijai Rahim from the Hardcore Barbell Gym who will lead the charge from the Ancient County which will also include the explosive Anis Ade Thomas (Elite Systems Gym).
Also in the reckoning will be the tested, tried and proven warrior – World Masters II Deadlift Record holder in the 277.5kg category, Winston ‘Little Master’ Stoby of Kingsrow Gym.
Reigning Caribbean Gold medalists Osmond Mack and Marino Jeffrey (Life Gym), Germaine Snagg (Buddy’s gym) and silver medalists Karel Mars (Buddy’s Gym), Paul Adams and Erwyn Smith (Body Maxx gym) as well as former 2010 Caribbean gold medalist Farouk Abdool (Hardcore gym) will all be in the limelight which sets the tone for an enthralling day of competition.
Rivalry on the distaff side will see a new overall champion being crowned in the absence of Caribbean and National champion Kimberley Mars-Lonke who will not be defending her crown. Promising heavyweight Natoya Robinson of Life Gym will seek to make amends for last year’s failed attempts whilst the fast improving and technically correct Andrea Smith of Body Maxx Gym and the exciting Chloe Hunter (Buddy’s Gym) are to be watched as they too will be aiming for the coveted crown.
IPF Certified Category II Judges John Edwards and Edwin Spencer will spearhead the judges’ panel.
With the added incentives of selection to the senior National team for next year’s Caribbean Powerlifting Championships tentatively set to be hosted by the GAPF next March, Pan American Championships (Sao Paolo, Brazil) in August and Commonwealth Championships (Vancouver, Canada) in December, fans can look forward to an entertaining day which can very well produce some record breaking lifts.
Weigh in time is set for 07:30hrs to 09:30hrs, the opening ceremony will commence five minutes later while competition time is at 10:00hrs sharp. The GAPF is reminding lifters that the competition will be run strictly under IPF rules. Only lifters competing at this year’s championship will be eligible for selection to teams for international competition next year.
Senior national lifters who have represented Guyana before will only be considered for selection upon presentation of a certified medical document from a list of approved medical doctors identified by the GAPF proving their inability to participate at the National Open, due to injury.
As part of the federation’s fund raising drive for next year’s activities as well as to defray costs for hosting the event, the federation will be charging an entrance fee of $500. Meals and beverages will also be available on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Long time sponsors Fitness Express through Owner/Manager Jaime Mc Donald handed over a cheque to GAPF Executive Member Paul Adams being sponsorship for Sunday’s competition.
Mc Donald again expressed delight for being able to be a part of the GAPF’s marquee event while Adams expressed gratitude to Mc Donald and Fitness Express for their continued commitment to the overall development of the sport.
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