Joel Ibbotson won a bronze medal at the Australian Powerlifting Titles in Melbourne in his 75kg category.
Joel Ibbotson won a bronze medal at the Australian Powerlifting Titles in Melbourne in his 75kg category. Brenda Strong

Ibbotson lifts to the next level

FOR most of us, any weight on our shoulders is a hindrance, but one local thrives on the thrill of it.

Joel Ibbotson snatched a bronze medal at the Australian Powerlifting Titles in Melbourne recently, competing in the 75kg division.

Twelve months of training led Ibbotson to the titles.

With a total of 550 points he took out third place in his first national competition.

Up against seven other weightlifters, Ibbotson was pleased with his three lifts – squat, deadlift, benchpress – but felt he could have improved his medal placing in hindsight.

“I’m a bit picky and thought I could have done better in my squat,” Ibbotson said.

Having his family at the one-day competition was of real support, Ibbotson said.

Training took place three days a week at Yaralla Sports Gym, and it wasn’t just a case of continually lifting heavier weights to get into shape.

Ibbotson took to weightlifting after recovering from a shoulder injury and became hooked. Things progressed and a goal was set to qualify for the titles.

“No one up this way does it (powerlifting), so I just did my own research,” he said.

His best recorded lifts in competition are 140kg for the bench 225kg bench lift and 190kg dead lift.

Attending competitions allows Ibbotson to talk to other competitors about the sport and glean information from other lifters.

A mate has now taken it up and the next aim is to compete at a southern Queensland event later this year.

Ibbotson attended the State Powerlifting earlier this year, taking out first place.

“I enjoy the personal challenge and getting a better total than the last tournament,” he said.

“If you walk away with a better total each time, regardless of whether you win, so it was pleasing my total was higher than at the States.”



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