Stinns set national powerlifting records

Matthew Gourlie
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Rhaea and Ryan Stinn both came home with new powerlifting national records and a North American title last week.


In truth that wasn't the biggest accomplishment for either lifter.

Rhaea Stinn competed in her first unequipped meet in two years and was named the Best Classic Lifter at the North American and Caribbean Powerlifting Championships in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Ryan Stinn beat the personal best total he set in 2008 and was very happy with his 950 kg total in the men's equipped 120+ kg division.

"It's my first P.B. total since 2008, so it was nice to get that monkey off my back," said Ryan Stinn. "I was feeling pretty good on the day, but training had gone pretty badly. I actually hurt my back four weeks before it and so I lost two weeks of training and had to struggle to get everything in, in the last two weeks. Training could have been better, but a little bit of adrenaline and really wanting that total made the difference."

He finished with a 365 kg squat, 267.5 kg bench press and 317.5kg deadlift to finish in first place. His squat and his total are new national records.

Rhaea Stinn won the 72 kg Open Classic division title. She finishing the day with a 177.5 kg squat, a 115 kg bench press and 185 kg deadlift. That gave her a 477.5 kg total. All three lifts and her total were new national records.

"I haven't done a Classic meet since 2012, so I thought it was about time again," said Rhaea Stinn. "I knew I had an outside shot at the world record I attempted. So that was sort of the motivation to do a classic international meet, to take a crack at that international record."

Rhaea Stinn attempted to break the squat record of 185.5 kg with a lift of 186 kg on her final attempt and didn't get it.

"It was a really good meet for both of us," she said. "Things came together on the day, but it wasn't ideal circumstances. Obviously it was hot there and the warm-up room was basically a glassed-in, little room that didn't have air conditioning. It was warm. My day they opened up the doors and it was a little better, but Ryan's day it was closed. With a bunch of a super heavyweight guys in there it got pretty toasty and I wasn't lifting."

This year's event combined the two regional championships, but next year the North American Powerlifting Championships will be held in Moose Jaw.

The event will draw the top lifters from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to the city.

"In the recent past it hasn't been in Canada," said Rhaea Stinn. "The past few years it's been in St. Croix, Orlando, the Cayman Islands — so it's been in a warm, sunny, beachy destination. So it's going to be a little bit different. Talking to people who were down there, they were looking forward to it."

Rhaea and Ryan will next be lifting at the Saskatchewan provincials in Regina in mid-September before heading to the worlds in Denver in November.


Organizations: North American, Ryan's

Geographic location: U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Moose Jaw United States Mexico Puerto Rico Orlando Cayman Islands Saskatchewan Regina Denver

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