Department of Sport

University of Nottingham excel in Powerlifting Competition


Students from the University of Nottingham Powerlifting club had the opportunity to take part in the Fred Sterry Classic, a North Midlands divisional competition, that helped many members achieve the qualifying totals needed to compete at UniChamps and upcoming Junior Nationals. The event was held in at  Horncastle Powerlifting Club on 17th July 2021.  

For many of the club members it was their first competition and everyone performed well whilst adapting to the COVID guidelines in place.  Competing as individuals and as teams, there was plenty of action for our students to get involved with.  Key highlights of the day include: 

  • Outgoing President, Nathan Gevao, took all 4 Regional Records for the -83kg class (Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift and Total). 

  • Incoming President, Abdul Butt, took the Junior Regional Squat Record, as well as the Open Bench Press and Total Records for the -66kg class 

  • Incoming Women’s Captain, Hannah Matson, took all 4 Junior Regional (Under 23) Records. 

Many of our members also achieved the qualifying totals they needed to go on to compete at UniChamps (the UK University Powerlifting Competition) and Junior Nationals. All in all, it was a great day in the office for our Powerlifters!

In the next academic year, Powerlifting is set to become a BUCS sport, so the stakes at the next UniChamps competition will be even higher. It should be noted that the reason for the sport’s possible inclusion into BUCS soon is due to the hard work Nathan Gevao (outgoing club president) has put in over the past year to develop the sport! 

Jess, UoN Powerlifting Social Secretary, commented: "I was very nervous for Saturday, it being my first meet. I’m very new to powerlifting and it had me quite apprehensive to how the day would go. However, I had a fun day, the atmosphere was really relaxed. The support from the rest of UoN was amazing. I hit all the lifts that I had planned to lift perfectly, and I’ve came away with lots of valuable experience ready for the next competitions ahead.” 

Everyone at University of Nottingham Sport would like to extend a huge congratulations to the Powerlifting club on their amazing performance. 


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Posted on Wednesday 28th July 2021

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