Gym celebrates anniversary with lifting competition

PUBLISHED: 09:15 19 December 2014

Best female Aisling Peberdy

Best female Aisling Peberdy


To celebrate its first year anniversary, the owners of Welwyn Garden City’s 1RM Gym held a novice lifter powerlifting competition.

Best male lifter was Neil CoxBest male lifter was Neil Cox

The gym, owned by Luke Nevill, Tony Giddings and Steve Plunkett, has high class pedigree in the sport, it is the home gym of two current WPC World Powerlifting Champions, Giddings and Plunkett, as well as 2013 WPC junior World Champion Tom Sparks.

Giddings said: “It seemed only fitting to give our guys a chance to experience what both Steve and I experience when we compete, it’s a total buzz being in front of a crowd.”

Lifters were a mix of 1RM members and non members who had travelled from as far afield as Sheffield to compete for the top prizes of £200 and some silverware.

The best female lifter was Aisling Peberdy and the best male lifter was Neil Cox.

Ben SugarmanBen Sugarman

One of the rising stars of powerlifting is Ben Sugarman.

At 15-years-old, and weighing 63kg, he deadlifted 180kg with ease, which is 2.8 times his bodyweight.

In competition terms this is world class.

As part of the prize giving ceremony at the end competition, the awards were given by deputy Mayor of Welwyn and Hatfield Cllr Lynne Sparks.

She said: “I love powerlifting.

“It is has such a friendly, supportive vibe and is something that everyone of all ages, sizes and genders can take part and excel in.

“It’s brilliant that we have a specialist powerlifting gym in the borough that builds so many British, World Champions and World record holders.”

The WGC gym will be hosting two more powerlifting meets in early 2015; the regional qualifiers for the British Drug Free Powerlifting Association on January 11 and the South East qualifiers for the British Powerlifting Union on March 1.

1RM would like to say a thank you to all the lifters and supporters who made the day special, Nicky Price from NCPPhotography, Hanne and Sam for manning reception/shop, Terry Jennings for providing the BBQ and Phil Meekins, Chris O Byrne and Grant Sugarman who helped with the platform support.

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