At the end of October the University of Nottingham Powerlifting club travelled all the way over to Turkey to compete in the World University Championships in Istanbul. The #GreenandGold contingent had a number of athletes competing across a number of different weight classes and came away with multiple medals and personal bests from the five day competition (30/10 - 4/11).
Club president Hannah Matson led by example adding 5kg to her total in the under 57kg category to claim first place and a gold medal. Lifting a total of 365kg across her three lifts, Hannah performed exceptionally in what was a first international competition for all of our athletes. There was also gold for another committee member in Social Media Secretary Joey Awala who competed in the under 83kg category. His combined total of 732.5kg helped him earn best male lifter of the competition with personal bests in all three lifts.
Cyrus Khine hit a personal best in bench and deadlift, whilst also earning a first place squat with 280kg which is only 0.5kg off his own University squat record set in BUCS competition. Overall Cyrus came away from the competition with a silver medal in the under 93kg category. There were also personal bests for Naomi Cheong who finished 4th in the under 47kg category with a total of 230kg, whilst Milly Stonely also put up personal best performances en-route to a 3rd place in the 84kg+ category with a total of 430kg lifted.
The performances of our women's competitors saw the team place fourth in the world championships which is an incredible achievement. Team member and president Hannah Matson said "It is a credit to the University of Nottingham Powerlifting team to have so many lifters representing us internationally. Being able to lift with other amazing GB university powerlifting teams alongside really made the week. We are grateful as a team to all the organisers and volunteers who help make these opportunities possible."
We congratulate all of our lifters who performed so well at the championships and look forward to seeing them compete in more regional and BUCS competitions over the next few months.
Images courtesy of International Powerlifting Federation
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Posted on Wednesday 23rd November 2022