Dan Bates is unsure whether he can compete at Powerlifting Nationals, but will watch regardless.
Dan Bates is unsure whether he can compete at Powerlifting Nationals, but will watch regardless. Mike Richards

Injury puts Gladstone powerlifter in doubt for nationals

INJURY is weighing heavily on the mind of Gladstone's best hope at a national powerlifting title next month.

Tannum Sands lifter Dan Bates, a Gladstone Ports Corporation employee, said he was disappointed injury had curtailed his training efforts for the Australian Raw Open Championships in April.

However, he held out some hope of taking part in the Melbourne meet, despite not being able to put in the 10-plus hours he usually enjoys.

"I went to the chiropractor. I either have a sprain or a herniated disk," the 37-year-old said. "I will still go and help load plates and spot."

Assisting adding weight to bars and in safety procedures may be the back-up plan for the lifter, who would then reassign his goals for the near future.

Bates, who has been involved in the sport for a touch over a year, said that if he did compete he aimed to better his personal bests at the Oceania Championships late last year.

He said he would again target the Oceania in December.

"I had a couple of booming Kiwis sitting behind my family, so they were going crazy for me," Bates said of last year's event.

"I went there not wanting to come last, it was only my third comp and I put 30kg on my total."

Bates, who carries more muscle mass than the average bloke, said he still felt small beside the country's top lifters, but regardless of your standing, they were always supportive.

"All powerlifting, the spectators are good, everyone goes for everyone," he said.

"If anyone is interested, it is a great sport - you would train anyway."

The championships are by invitation only, the top eight from across the country in each division lifting as much as they can in bench press, squat lift and dead lift.

The championships will be held from April 4 to 6.

Bates's stats:

Age - 37

Height - 193cm

Weight category - 105-120kg

Best lifts: Squat - 252.5kg, bench - 180kg, dead lift - 292.5kg



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