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Local lifters do well in their first big event Continued from page 1. A successful deadlift is when the athlete is standing tall, their legs straight, and their arms locked out holding the bar. While Aaron has been training for the past two years after suffering a back injury, he was extensively training for this competition for the past 10 weeks at the Buildabody Gym with trainer Kieran Duffy, who also owns the Petone gym. “He’s an awesome personal trainer. He’s been building up my strength and fitness since 2015,” Aaron said. Dylan Thomas and Jimmy Sullivan also lifted well. Along with Aaron, both were competing in their first North Island championships. Jimmy lifted a total of 700kgs in the three lifts and he is new to the sport. “This is my first year of lifting with these guys,” Jimmy said. “I didn’t know about the competition until three weeks ago – I found out about it through Victoria University Gym.” It’s nice to feel strong.” All three Wainuiomata lifters are now eligible to attend the national championships in Hamilton on August 26. Dylan is also new to the sport and said he only got told about the competition two weeks prior. He lifted personal bests of 230kgs in the deadlift, 200kgs in the squat, and also lifted over 150kgs in the bench press.
Aaron Garrett shows the strain on his way to lifting more than a combined 550kgs.
He said he didn’t really know much about the sport of power lifting and signed up earlier this year. “I signed up in January just to keep fit and get a bit stronger,” he said. Daniel Rudolph, president of the United Powerlifting Association of New Zealand, said those who chose to go
to nationals will join up to 40 others in the competition, both men and women. Some lift upwards of 300kgs in the deadlift and squats. There are nine weight divisions from 53kg up to 120kg for men, and eight for women up to 84kg, and each lifter measures their lifts against their body weight.
“The amount lifted for their bodyweight was really good,” Daniel said of the Wainuiomata lifters. Henrietta Harris, a Kelburn university student, was the sole female lifter in the maledominated Petone competition. Should she attend nationals, she is looking forward to competing against other women.
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The Board of Wesley Community Action has advised residents and their families and staff of its decision to close Strand Resthome and Wesley Hospital at Wesleyhaven Village in Naenae. Residents and staff members had heard that the retirement home and hospital would be closed by August 18. About
80 jobs are expected to be affected, including workers from Wainuiomata. Wesley Community Action is part of the Methodist Church. Its director, David Hanna, said the facility was losing $25,000 a month. “Sadly, there was no new information during the consulta-
tion process that addressed the current financial losses. The existing rental units will continue to operate,” Mr Hanna said. The focus is now on supporting the residents to move to suitable new homes. “We will work closely with the residents and their families, the Hutt Valley DHB and other
providers to make this as smooth a transition as possible. We will also work with E Tü union and New Zealand Nurses Organisation to support staff in finding other employment,” Mr Hannah said. Wesleyhaven Village was the first continuing care retirement village in New Zealand.
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