Gosling weightlifting pair help GB become world champions

PUBLISHED: 11:50 04 December 2011

Mark Cooney, left, and Steve Plunkett helped Great Britain become World Team Champions

Mark Cooney, left, and Steve Plunkett helped Great Britain become World Team Champions


GOSLING Sports Park personal trainers Mark Cooney, pictured left, and Steve Plunkett, right, helped Great Britain to become World Team Champions at the World Powerlifting Championships.

What’s more, at the event out at the national Olympic centre in Riga, Latvia, Cooney was crowned Junior World Champion in his weight, whilst Plunkett finished fifth out of 15 and set three personal bests.

Cooney, who was competing in just his third competition won the 82.5kg class as a junior.

This will be his last event as a junior as he turns 23 in December. He squatted 230kg, benched 140kg and deadlifted 210kg to finish first.

Mark only started powerlifting when he started work as a personal trainer at Gosling.

This was Plunkett’s seventh international event and he jumped up a bodyweight as he had coaching commitments to Mark and wanted to avoid dieting.

However he finished fifth out of 15 despite weighing up to 10kgs less than the rest of the field.

Plunkett said: “My plan is to be a solid 100kg lifter for when I turn 40 next year and enter the master cat.

“I squatted 300kg, benched 220kg and deadlift 240kg just to make a total.

“Conditions were tough, my first lift was at 7pm and last at 2am the Sunday morning.”

The pair were sponsored by Dave Kenyon of EasyPlan and supported by all the staff and members of Gosling.

Plunkett added: “It’s now our aim as a training team to increase awareness in strength sports at Gosling alongside all other concepts of lifestyle awareness.

“I’d also like to pass on thanks to those members of the Gosling bootcamp who all sent good luck messages.”

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