Powerlifting World Single Lift Championships

The Combined Services Powerlifting Association (CSPA) have ensured that the British armed forces have forever written their names in the World Drugs Free Powerlifting Federation history books by becoming the first ever military team to retain the World championship title for a third successive year with lifters from Marham playing a pivotal role in the success.

Two lifters from RAF Marham played a huge part in the team’s success. In the bench, a very credible 5th place for Cpl Jim Oldfield, in the 100kg class, saw the CSPA take a good lead into the second day. Cpl Oldfield had been selected as part of the England development squad for the event and his performance is likely to see him selected to compete in Switzerland later this year.

Sgt Annie Thomas, representing Scotland in the 63kg Class, once again dominated the deadlift with her 6th World title in seven years. Sgt Thomas had only recently been on exercise which meant she has spent the majority of her training prior to the event in Spain. She has already been pre-selected to be part of the GB team in Switzerland where she will hope to add the European title to her National and World titles won this year.

The championship, held in Autun, France in late June, attracted a record number of lifters from 19 different countries. Each member of the CSPA was initially selected to attend the event as part of their National team before selection for the Combined Services. This win follows the recent success at the Combined Services Sports awards , where the CSPA were recently nominated the combined services sports team of the year.

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