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Powerlifting, bench-press championships attract record numbers

Gallant inducted into P.E.I. Powerlifting Hall of Fame


Published on August 10, 2017

Tilman Gallant, centre, of Summerside was recently inducted into the P.E.I. Powerlifting Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Credit Union Place in Summerside. P.E.I. Powerlifting Association president John MacDonald, left, and vice-president Justin Smith congratulate Gallant and present him with a plaque.

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SUMMERSIDE – It was a big day for powerlifting on Prince Edward Island.

In front of an enthusiastic crowd at Credit Union Place, Griffin Wakelin lifts 200 kilograms in the men’s sub junior 105-kilogram class. Wakelin was one of nearly 60 competitors in the 2017 P.E.I. powerlifting and bench-press championships recently.
Desiree Anstey/ Journal Pioneer

The 2017 P.E.I. powerlifting and bench-press championships attracted a record number of participants – nearly 60 – at Credit Union Place in Summerside recently.
Along with a number of outstanding performances by athletes, well-known competitor Tilman Gallant of Summerside received a very special honour. A ceremony was held during the provincial championships to induct Gallant into the P.E.I. Powerlifting Hall of Fame. He is only the second person to receive this prestigious honour.
Gallant has competed locally, nationally and internationally throughout his career.

Powerlifting awards
A number of awards were handed out for both powerlifting and bench only competitions.
Jessica Halcovitch received the award for best open female lifter. She competed in the 57-kilogram class, and had lifts of 120 kilograms in squat, 62.5 kilograms in bench and a deadlift of 125 kilograms for a total of 307.5 kilograms.
JP Richard, who competed in the 93-kilogram class, was the top lifter in open male. His lifts were 245 kilograms in squat, 172.5 kilograms in bench and a 275-kilogram deadlift for a total of 692.5 kilograms.
Natasha Dunn-Kvedaras was presented with the award for top lifter in masters female. Competing in Masters 1, Dunn-Kvedaras lifted 130 kilograms in squat, 82.5 kilograms in bench and a deadlift of 137.5 kilograms for a 350-kilogram total.
Shiek Ali was acknowledged as the best masters male lifter. Ali lifted in the Master 1 class, and had scores of 180 kilograms in squat, 125 kilograms in bench, 185 kilograms in deadlift and a total of 490 kilograms.
Amanda Kate Parker, competing in the 84-kilogram class, was the top female junior lifter. Her lifts were 147.5 kilograms in squat, 82.5 kilograms in bench and 175 kilograms in deadlift. Her total was 405 kilograms.
Guillaume LeBlanc had total lifts of 630 kilograms in earning the award for top junior male lifter. His breakdown of lifts in the 83-kilogram class included 242.5 kilograms in squat, 137.5 kilograms in bench and 250 kilograms in deadlift.

Top bench lifters
Miranda Crane, who lifted 65 kilograms in the 72-kilogram open class, received the award for top female in the bench-only competition.
Richard, competing in the 105-kilogram open class, lifted 170 kilograms en route to earning the award for top male in the bench-only competition.