GARRABOST resident Martin Flett retained his Scottish Open Bench Press title at the recent GBPF Scottish Open Championships held in Glasgow.
Lifting in the 105kg weight class Flett posted an opening lift of 195 kilos to win the competition and then narrowly failed with two attempts at 205 kilos to set a new Scottish record.
The 195 was also the biggest lift of the day across all weight classes.
“I was pleased to win the Scottish title again, but disappointed to miss the 205,” said Martin. “All my training sessions indicated I would get it, but on the day it stalled about four inches from lockout.”
He continued: “The time and distance involved in travelling to competitions is far more demanding than it was when I lived on the mainland and a competition was only an hour or two away.
“But I also need to manage my weight better. In recent competitions I’ve had to take off up to half a stone in 15 hours to make the weight, and that definitely doesn’t help my performance levels.”
Three weeks earlier, Martin had travelled down to Solihull to compete in the British Unequipped Bench Press Championships.
He said: “I’ve won the over 50 title at this event every year since its inception in 2006.
“This year I came third, which sounds like a backward step. But the winner of the competition, Andy Rigby, not only won the over 50 title but won the open age title as well and set a new British record.
“And in second place was John Mitchell, the 2009 World 50+ IPF Powerlifting Champion, and he was only 2.5 Kg ahead of me. In coming third, I lifted more than I’d ever lifted in any of the years I won the title.
“My main target is maintaining performance levels aged 56, and I’m certainly managing to do that.”
The Point Powerlifter’s next event is the European Masters Bench Press Championships, to be held in Czech Republic in October.
Martin added: “I’m having a couple of months of light training to give my body a break, and I’ll be focussing more on my golf handicap than what I can lift during June and July. In mid-August, the build up to the Europeans begins.”
There is, however, one other event looming. Martin will be giving a powerlifting demonstration at the Point Show on 14th July, and hopes to meet some potential lifters who might be interested in taking up the sport.