Not only did Taunia Stevens comeback from major knee surgery, but she came back better than ever.
The Moose Jaw powerlifter set three new provincial records less than a year after having ACL reconstruction surgery on her knee. Stevens set the new marks recently at the Unparalled Open Powerlifting Competition in Moose Jaw.
"It went really well," said Stevens. "Coming back from knee surgery this meet was to kind of see where I'm at and it turned out a lot better than I thought."
Stevens won the women's Open classic division in the 72 kilogram class. Her 157.5 kg squat, 105 kg bench and total of 415 kg were all provincials records. Those marks were also national records, but won't be entered into the record books because they weren't set at a provincial or national-level competition.
She also had a deadlift of 152.5 kg. She only missed one of her nine lifts on the day.
"It was a pretty good feeling," Stevens said of her performance.
Stevens had her second surgery on the same knee in September. She said she has been feeling strong
"Hopefully this is the last of it," she said. "It was pretty frustrating, but I'm glad to be through it."
Stevens doesn't often compete in the classic or unequipped division and isn't sure if trying to turn her marks into national records is something she will look to achieve.
"I'm more of a gear lifter than a classic lifter, but I still had fun, so I might do the odd raw meet here and there," said Stevens.
She was one of five local competitors who had a strong weekend of competition at the Unparalleled Open.
Al Block competed in the Master I (40-49 years old) 120+ kg classic division and set three new provincial records. His squat of (260.5 kg), deadlift (295.5) and total (741.5) were all new provincial marks. Block made all of his squat and deadliest attempts, but after opening with a bench press of 185.5 kg, he attempted a provincial record lift of 196 kg and missed it on both of his attempts.
Randy Luzny competed in the 59 kg Special Olympic Master 2 (50-59 kg) classic division and set new Open, Master 1 and Master 2 provincial records with his lifts. Luzny had a 78 kg squat, a 65 kg bench and a 162.5 kg deadlift for a total of 245 kg.
Rory Windrum competed in the 93 kg men's Open classic division and had a 177.5 kg squat, a 92.5 kg bench press, a 185 kg deadlift and a 455 kg total.
James Beckett competed in the 83 kg men's Open classic division and posted a 125 kg squat, a 90 kg bench and a 162.5 kg deadlift for a 377.5 kg total.
Stevens will be one of a number of local powerlifters who will compete at the Saskatchewan Powerlifting Provincial Championships in Regina on Sept. 13.
It's heading into a busy stretch for local powerlifters. Ryan and Rhaea Stinn are attending the North American Powerlifting Championships in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands this week. Rhaea will compete in the women's open 72 kg division, while Ryan will compete in the men's open 120+ kg equipped division.