National Powerlifting Returns With Huge Success

Several winners were crowned in the event when it made its return over the weekend
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By Carlena Knight

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After five years, the Antigua and Barbuda Amateur Bodybuilding and Weightlifting Federation (ABABWF) National Powerlifting competition made its return in grand style.

Several winners were crowned on Saturday night at the Buff Up Fitness Gym, impressing the dozens of fans with their strength and grit, in the squat, bench press and dead lift events.

Zhane Potter powered her way to the female title, edging out Phillise Stevens and Leesha Marcellin.

Teenager, Daniel Antonio, one of the favorites of the evening recording some of the heaviest lifts of the night, took the Juniors title beating Hanley Josiah and Tariq Kiesnesberger, while Audray Nelson earned bragging rights in the Masters section over Kevin Daley.

Meanwhile, in the Senior’s Super Heavyweight, national basketballer and sports reporter, Sharife Sergeant walked away with the crown in his debut, outlifting Cephus Joseph and Sedale Pelle.

The 2017 Lightweight category winner, Glenroy Goodwin, continued his winning ways after five years, this time in the Senior’s heavyweight title, defeating Kareem Garnette.

Amidst the celebrations, a moment of silence was observed for slain trainer, Christopher Smithers.

The powerlifting competition was last held in 2017 with Kelvin Valentine taking the heavyweight crown and Glenroy Goodwin taking the lightweight category.

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