Powerlifters set to smash records at Euro Champs

Delroy McQueen

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Eastbourne’s Commonwealth Games champion Delroy McQueen will be among a host a competitors vying for gold at the European Powerliting Championships at the Winter Garden next week.

McQueen will join the Eastbourne based Performance Fitness contingent who are part of a 150 strong British team to compete against Europe’s best powerlifters at the Winter Garden (June 7- June 13).

More than 500 male and female lifters will attempt to bench press, deadlift and squat their way to gold medal glory across a variety of weight and age catergories.

It’s the largest Global Power Lifting Community (GPC) event to be staged in the UK and with the guys bench pressing well in excess of 300k, world and European records are expected to be smashed.

Organiser Scott Halliday of Performance Fitness Eastbourne was the joint runner-up of the 2013 World Championships and is the 2014 powerlifting champion.

He said: “It will appeal to everyone. There will be lifters competing from the age of 14 all the up to 90.

“The best lifters from all over Europe will be coming to Eastbourne and it’s a great opportunity to see them in action.

“These guys are going to be smashing records next week. I fully expect to see 85 per cent of the World and European records broken.

“We have some big lifters coming and the competition is going to be fierce.

“On Thursday Delroy will be competing in the 110k class and he will be going all out for victory.

“There is a beast of a guy from Finland who will push him all the way and that’s going to be one hell of a battle.”

Also from Performance Fitness Carl Hooper, Will Cann and Ciaran Cordingly will be in direct competition in the 67.5k weight class on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, in the women’s event, Eastbourne’s Joanna Halliday will hope to go one better than the silver medal she achieved in the European Finals.

Competitive action starts on Sunday, June 7 and will run throughout the week. Entry for spectators is free.