OFFALY’S strongmen taking part in the GPC World Powerlifting Championships in Limerick last week did themselves, their county and Clara Powerlifting Club proud coming home with five medals, four gold and one bronze.
Rory Clarke got the ball rolling in the bench press and got things off to a great start for the Offaly contingent coming way with the gold medal and a world title.
Ferbane’s Benny Dermody followed that up by claiming first place and the gold medal in his category with a total of 585kg while Nathan Meehan was also crowned world champion over the weekend in his category. Schoolboy Nathan lifted a total of 600kg between the deadlift, bench press and squat.
Next up from the Offaly contingent was Max Selikis who lifted an incredible 320kg in the bench press on his way to claiming the gold medal.
Last man up was Billy Meehan and the veteran broke all Irish records in the M2 110kg category on his way to a bronze medal. He squated 350kg, bench pressed 190kg and deadlifted 280kg on his way to a total of 820kg. Three of those lifts were also personal bests.
Speaking to the Offaly Express on Monday, Billy Meehan thanked all the sponsors who had helped the club including Nigel Dunne in JJ’s, Wilker Group in Clara and Fitzair, Clara and London.
He also expressed a very special thanks to the people of Clara and the surrounding areas who have supported the club in recent years.