Marham Lifters Provide RAF Power Boost

RAF Wittering, the home of Combined Services Powerlifting, played host to the annual Championships on 21st September 2011. Male and Female teams from the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force battled it out to see who was the dominate power in the services. The competition allows individuals to participate as single lifters in either the squat, bench press or deadlift or as Full Power lifters obtaining a total of all three lifts added together.

Three lifters from RAF Marham were selected to represent the RAF Powerlifting Association at the championships.  Cpl Jim Oldfield achieved some admirable results in his weight category with 2 personal bests in the squat and deadlift disciplines.  He finished overall with a 1st, 2nd and 5th place in his events. SAC Micky Applegate managed a fourth place in the bench press against some very strong Army and Navy competition. The RAF men’s team put in a sterling performance on the day but although able to better last year’s third place result, a full strength Army side retained the Men’s team title for a second time.

The ladies team fared much better and were able to hold on to the female champion’s title they won in style last year.  Excellent lifting from Sgt Annie Thomas in the ladies full power event, setting 3 new combined service records and an unofficial world military record, saw the RAF ladies finish 60 points in front of the Army.

Air Cdre Richard Knighton, President of the CSPA was in attendance for the event to present the awards to the best lifters and the winning teams.  Additionally to this history was made as Sgt Annie Thomas became the first ever person to be presented with Combined Service Powerlifting Colours.  Over the last 7 years Sgt Thomas has lifted at the highest levels and won numerous World, European and National honours for Team Great Britain and it was considered by the Combined Services Committee that there could be no better initial recipient than her setting the standard for all future nominees for colours to aspire to.

On presenting the colours and the competition itself the Air Cdre said “The standard of lifting has been an inspiration to watch, I am particularly proud of the RAF lifters who have pressured the Army team the whole way. It was also an honour to present the Combined service Colours today and I congratulate Sgt Thomas on the being the first ever recipient of them, Marham and the Royal Air Force should be rightfully proud of her”.

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