Bear shows lion’s heart on debut

Cayman Island Powerlifting Organisation powered to medals once again at the 6th Annual IPF/NAPF North American Regional Bench Press Championships on Saturday in Miami..

There were 10 countries competing and 100 competitors and this was also the first time Cayman has been represented in a bench press only championship.

With only eight weeks of training and encouragement from Clinton Mohammed and coaching by Tony McInerney, Daniel ‘Bear’ Christian won gold in the junior division. He also won the bronze in the open men’s division.

Christian, 21, has set the record for being the first to represent the Cayman Islands in the junior and open bench press competition. This championship was really intense, a lot of big lifters travelled from as far as Brazil and Sweden which is outside the North American region with intentions to break world records and they successfully accomplished this.

There were five world record attempts and three were broken with weights over 700lbs, which was jaw dropping to watch and be part of a championship on this international scale.

McInerney said: “A special Thank you to our sponsors, whom without this would not have been possible; Cayman Airways, Mac Plumbing, Rooster 101.1, Crusader International Management and Tommy Ebanks.”

CIPO is hosting next year’s Regional (Squat/Bench/Deadlift) Powerlifting Championship in the Cayman Islands which is also a world game qualifier for Cali 2013, and over 130 lifters are expected to attend.

North American, regional, and world records will be attempted and some in excess of 800lbs in men’s, women, junior and sub-junior divisions.

To host the CIPO event sponsorships will be needed. Anyone interested in sponsoring or learning more about CIPO Powerlifting can email [email protected]

To host the CIPO event sponsorships will be needed. Anyone interested in sponsoring or learning more about CIPO Powerlifting can email [email protected]

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