Te Awamutu Courier - 2021-07-22


Trainstation uplift first world record


July 17 will go down in Team Trainstation history as the day they got their first powerlifting world record, thanks to the efforts of Paula Johnstone in the GPCNZ Masters in Remuera. Paula, already an 18-time New Zealand record holder, switched to a variant of the sport, an equipped category bench press. Equipped basically lets the lifter wear a professionally made bench shirt that allows bigger, heavier weights while using a quite different technique. Paula chose to open on a very manageable 80kg to break the world record, then add a further 20kg to it to successfully make it a 100kg record. It was her first outing in equipped and showed signs of much more to come. Dave Mohn, also an equipped lifter joining team Trainstation, then added a national record in the squat of 301kg — an outstanding lift for his age and weight category. He went on to place first in the comp alongside Paula in her category. Veronica Brajkovich, competing in the more traditional three lift raw, took a bench record, breaking it three times as well as four deadlift records followed by a total record in the female masters 3 category. Dean Williams, in his third contest since joining Trainstation, achieved a total personal best putting him in first place for his age and weight category. Another standout was Deacon Ostern, Paula’s son coached by her, who placed No. 1 in New Zealand in the teenager division. Bodybuilder Dave Harwood placed second in his bench only competition. And making his return to the platform nine weeks after bicep reattachment surgery and in his last contest was coach Mike Smith opting for a squat only. He opened on the New Zealand squat record for his division and then broke it three more times, adding 25kg to the previous total and taking the New Zealand masters squat overall title. “All up, once again I couldn’t be prouder of the team, not just in results but the way they conduct themselves in the name of good sports,” says Smith. “It’s now head down again as we prep the team of five contending the next comp in five weeks and the team would like to thank long-standing sponsor, clothing company CAF.”


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