The Powerlifting Championship organized by the Physical Culture Club of Trinity College Kandy was back after a long lapse of 7 years. The Championship was held on the 24th of September 2022, at the Wewelpitiya Public Gymnasium.
This Championship has been a favourite amongst Trinitians as it acted as an event where true strength and power was tested on a recognized stage, and this year was no different with over 40 students taking part. This year’s edition was special as it was revived in the Sesquicentennial Anniversary year of the School.
Powerlifting is different from Weightlifting. Powerlifting has three techniques, Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift. Each competitor has to successfully lift at least one of the three attempts given from each technique. The highest lifted weight from each technique will be added up to form a grand total, out of which, the competitor with the highest lifted total wins.
The Championship was held under 2 main age categories, namely, Under 17 and Under 20. They were also broken in to weight categories as well.
After competing within their weight classes all day long, the following lifters were handed out special awards for their efforts. The awards were handed out considering their body weight as well as the weight successfully lifted.
- Champion Powerlifter – Dhuwarakesh Vijaykumar
- Champion Squat – Abidh Jameel
- Champion Deadlift – Sandanu Iddamalgoda
- Champion Bench Press – Dhuwarakesh Vijaykumar
Dhuwarakesh Vijaykumar had a tremendous run at the Championship. He squatted 165kg, benched 110kg and had a massive deadlift of 198kg. He was crowned Champion Powerlifter and Champion Bench Press.
The Champion Squat award went to Trinity Weightlifting Captain, Abidh Jameel, for his massive squat of 155kg. He clocked in at a body weight of 70.1kg.
Sandanu Iddamalgoda bagged the Champion Deadlift award with his 170kg Deadlift. He clocked in at 70.3kg.
It was a fun-filled day with all of the boys enjoying themselves and bagging a few medals along the way for their efforts.
The Physical Culture Club would like to thank their MIC, Mr.Kanchana Galagoda, the Instructor Mr. Manju Wijerathne, the Judges of the Championship, Mr. L.K.C.M. Karunarathne and Mr. H.A.S. Maduwantha for the support rendered towards making this event a memorable one for all those involved.
Review by Master Abidh Jameel
Event Photographed by the Trinity College Media Unit. (Photographer: Yasassvi Wijesekera)