UCC Powerlifting Breaking World Records
On the 21st and 22nd of February, it seemed as if every single power-lifter in Ireland descended upon Cork for the National IDFPA Single Lifts. UCC had 18 lifters competing over the two days, with many more in attendance for support. Coming in to this competition, as intervarsity winners, a lot was expected of our lifters. As what seems to be the case in every competition, there was at least one UCC student vying for first place, sometimes even for national and international records. Of notable mention, is Barry Pigott. Regarded as the star of UCC Powerlifting and quickly becoming the star of the IDFPA. This was only his second competition at 90kg, having moved up from the 82.5 kg division. Unfazed by the larger competition, benched 185kg, squatted 260kg and finished off the weekend with a 285 deadlift, bringing him home 7 trophies and set 2 world records. And on the other end of the spectrum, perhaps our lightest member Rosie Healy, who just joined this year, set a national record in the squat. With the level of success UCC powerlifting set last year, the bar was set high for this year. However, once again this club, still in its infancy, has gone from strength to strength. Almost all the athletes who competed at single-lifts, went on to qualify for international competitions, a testament to the work they have put in.