Positive performances from Swindon Barbell at World Open Powerlifting Championships

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Swindon Barbell had three coaches competing at the IPF World Powerlifting Championships last week.

Matt Watson, Christie Civetta and Charlie Shotton-Gale all took part in the event held in Pilsen, Czech Republic.

Wilson, who recently competed at the Western European Championships and was competing in his first ever World competition, was aiming for some personal bests and started strongly achieving a PB squat.

Next up was bench, and after an easy opening attempt, Wilson miss-grooved his second attempt.

Wilson took it again for his third attempt and this time it flew up leaving him with a personal best by 5k in competition, but still off that magical 200k mark, with 195k.

His deadlift was always going to be his weakest lift but Wilson achieved success with both his opening attempts and, with his third and final attempt, he went for 237.5k and managed to just about grind it out.

Civetta, who also competed recently at the Western Europeans, was entering her second ever worlds but her first as a 72k lifter and she was up against stiff competition.

Although her squat didn’t bring her a personal best, her bench did and she had three successful attempts leaving her with 112.5k.

Civetta finished the competition with three successful deadlifts ending on 185k, 5kg more than her previous personal best.

Competing in her seventh World Championships was Shotton-Gale, who was finishing up a turbulent year filled with injuries, personal obstacles and few personal bests.

She went into the competition hoping it would be the one to turn the year around and that her shoulder would hold out during bench.

Shotton-Gale was way down on her squat, achieving only 210k, but managed to successfully increase her own British bench record up to 142.5k.

Motivated by the chance of snatching British deadlift record which stood at 208k, she did stand up with 210k but it was deemed not locked out and so she was not given the lift.

This has given her cause for optimism ahead of the British Championships in January as she aims to beat all her personal bests.

And the club will be represented by five full powerlifting and three bench-only competitors at the national championships which will be held at Stanhope Hall, Horncastle early next year.