Fantastic four represent Swindon Barbell Club at the European Championships

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Four members of Swindon Barbell Club impressed at the EPF European Open Powerlifting Championships in the Czech Republic.

Emily-Jane Sheppard competed in the -63kg Juniors category and managed to break many of her own South West Records that she set only two weeks ago.

Sheppard took seventh spot courtesy of a 125kg squat, 70kg bench and a 127.5kg deadlift for a 322.5kg total.

Christie Civetta also finished seventh in the -72kg Seniors as she hit a 187.5kg squat, 110kg bench and a 185kg deadlift for a 480k total. She also broke the South West total record in the process.

An injured Charlie Shotton-Gale was forced to go through the pain barrier in the -84kg Seniors due to a back injury.

Shotton-Gale only managed one squat of 180kg which was 50kg down on her personal best as her injury restricted her challenge for glory.

In the bench, Shotton-Gale was bidding to take the British record and after benching 150kg, she did just that with some ease.

Unfortunately the back injury proved too much and she was only able to do a token deadlift of 75kg to ensure she achieved an overall total and could claim the British record. She now holds four of the 5five possible records in the -84k Ladies category.

Last but not least for Swindon was Matt Watson, competing in the -93kg Senior Men’s category.

Watson was also carrying an injury but started well as he achieved a 287.5kg squat.

In the bench he was agonisingly close to a 200kg personal best as he walked away with 195kg.

In the deadlift, Watson achieved all three attempts as he finished with a lift of 230kg and a personal best total of 712.5kg. His efforts also saw him break the squat and total record for the South West.

Shotton-Gale later coached Great Britain teammate Tony Cliffe as he took European Gold.

The Swindon powerlifters were also joined by fellow members Jon Coe and Sam Ross who travelled from England to support the foursome all week.

A delighted Shotton-Gale said: “I cannot believe how amazing our team is here at Swindon Barbell.

“Sam and Jon drove all the way from England to Czech republic to support us and we had millions of messages from our team at home on our group chat.

“It felt like we had everyone here supporting us. That is a very special feeling. They certainly got me through my competition when all I could feel was pain.”

The club is attending the All England competition from May 26th-28th where Mark Townend will be competing in the Super Heavyweight Men’s section, coached by Helen Toms and supported by Kat Armstrong and Joe Humphrey.

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