Record lift a sign of strength

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Southern Strength Powerlifting Club member Andy Meek, of Invercargill, who has set the New Zealand deadlift record for his weight class.

POWERLIFTER Andy Meek, of Invercargill, has set a New Zealand powerlifting record and unofficially beaten an Oceania record.

Meek won gold in his class (under 66kg bodyweight) at the Masters 2 Games held at the Dunedin Events Centre over four days this month. The games are held annually for athletes aged between 50-59.

More than 200 powerlifters from throughout the country attended the event.

The New Zealand deadlift record for Meek’s class was 197.5kg. Meek beat the New Zealand record and then decided to keep going to try to also unofficially beat the Oceanic deadlift record of 210kg.

“I was focused on the [New Zealand] record, I made sure I got that. The Oceania one, I was there on the day so thought I’d give it a go.”

The Oceanic record was more than three times Mr Meek’s body weight, and he managed to beat it by 1kg, setting the new official New Zealand deadlift record for his class at 211kg, he said.

He also squatted 142.5kg and bench-pressed 70kg on the day, he said.

His previous powerlifting accolades include a second place in the British Masters in 2004 and winning his weight class at the nationals in Christchurch last year.

Meek is a member of the Southern Strength Powerlifting Club, which was formed by Southland-based powerlifters affiliated to Southern Powerlifting, the New Zealand Powerlifting Federation and the International Powerlifting Federation. The clubrooms are at 70 Liddel St, opposite Placemakers, and anyone interested in the sport was welcome to attend, Meek said. For more information, phone Meek on 021 159 6864.

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