Brandon Athletes Through to Powerlifting Championships

Members of Brandon Powerlifting Club, who train at the town’s leisure centre, have qualified for the British Drug Free Powerlifting Championships in 2016.

Four members of the Club, which meets at Brandon Leisure Centre every Sunday have qualified for the Championships in Kings Lynn on 27 and 28 February 2016.

Abbeycroft Leisure’s recent sponsorship of the club allowed it to become a member of the British Drug Free Powerlifting Association to enable members to enter competitions and saw the purchase of some new bump weights for their training.

Seven members of the Brandon Powerlifting Club competed in the British Drug Free Powerlifting Association Regional Qualifier in the following weight categories:

Becky Bell – 80KG

Sean Haycock – 75KG

Lee Hyne – 82.5KG – Qualified & Finished 2nd Overall in Male category.

Sean Manning – 90KG – Qualified & Finished 4th Overall in Male category.

Monique McIntyre – 70KG – Qualified & Finished 1st Overall in Female category

Dean Say – 100KG

Natalie Winstone – 53KG – Qualified & Finished 2nd Overall in Female category

Natalie, Monique, Lee and Sean Manning will now go through to the Championships.

Lee Hyne, Instructor at Brandon Power Lifting Club and one of the athletes who qualified, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for our members in their first qualifier with championship lifts.

“Our thanks go to Abbeycroft Leisure who have supported the club for many years at Brandon Leisure Centre and whose sponsorship enabled us to join the Association and therefore compete.”

The Club, which has been meeting at Brandon Leisure Centre for over two years and was opened by Paralympic Powerlifter Zoe Newson in 2012, holds an annual Mr & Mrs Strong Competition every September to showcase the amazing strength of their athletes. It also holds Intro To Strength classes at Brandon Leisure Centre every Tuesday and Friday from 6pm to 7pm.

Karl Holmes, Brandon Leisure Centre Manager, said: “Huge congratulations to Brandon Powerlifting Club. This is a very big achievement for their members and I know how much this means to them. We are thrilled that our sponsorship of the Club has enabled them to compete at this level. We will be wishing them the very best of luck at the Championships in February.”

Mr & Mrs Strong sessions take place every Sunday from 9am to 10am at Brandon Leisure Centre. For more information, or to sign up, please contact the reception on 01842 819150.