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Wick weightlifter Steven Macallan and Thurso weightlifter Louise Mackenzie win at Highland Weightlifting Club championships in Inverness

By Will Clark

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Wick weightlifter Steven Macallan was crowned the first ever men's winner of the Highland Weightlifting Club National Level Olympic competition.

Steven Macallan won the overall best male title.
Steven Macallan won the overall best male title.

Louise Mackenzie from Thurso also created history by becoming the first ever women's champion which was held at the Inverness Leisure Centre.

Louise Mackenzie won the overall best female title.
Louise Mackenzie won the overall best female title.

The Highland Weightlifting Club organised the competition with a vision of bringing Olympic Weightlifting to the Highlands.

There were also gold medals for Jim Kennedy, Rose Bennet, Jordan Bowie, Matej Papp and Andrew Galloway, with Katie Feguson, Hayleigh Wishart, Sarah Boussaikouk and Dawn Chessor also medalling.

Competitors taking part.
Competitors taking part.

Club chairman Steve Walsh was delighted with the success of the competition.

With over 30 lifters competing and a packed audience all day, the competition exceeded all of our expectations, that we had an equal split of male and female lifters speaks volumes for the inclusive approach that we have taken.

"This is a just the first step in creating the pathway for a Highlander to reach the Commonwealth Games in four years time.”

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