Swindon barbell shone through at the South West Powerlifting championships this


Chris Guttridge squatting 180k

weekend with 2 winners, a bronze medal, many south west records, and a hoard of supporters enabling the competition to go ahead.

The weekend began with the Ladies on Saturday morning.

The club had:

day 1 team

Day 1 Team for the women’s and lightweight men’s

The Sunday saw the Men’s team perform including:

Running this number of lifters would have been impossible without the incredible team supporting them and the coaches including:

  • Team Manager and Photographer: Kat Armstrong
  • Head Coach: Charlie Shotton-Gale
  • Coach: Karl Marillier
  • Supporting Coaches: Matt Watson, Christie Civetta, Cali Fidget
  • Referee: Helen Toms


    MC Matt Tate and records keeper Vicky Pollard

  • MC: Matt Tate
  • Table organisers: Vicky Pollard, Sarah Robinson
  • Platform crew, spotters and loading volunteers from Swindon Barbell:
    • Karl Marillier
    • Jon Coe
    • Alex Knox
    • Emily-Jane Sheppard
    • Matt Webster
    • Steve Howsen
    • Chris Gutteridge
    • Daniel Coles
    • Farris Collins

Some of the many Platform crew organised for the weekend between SWPLA and Swindon Barbell

Results of Swindon Barbell lifters

Emily Kasia Dawn Joe Chris Farris Dan Tom Mark
Squat 1 120 120 105 167.5 180 250 110 150 165
Squat 2 125 125 117.5 175 187.5 260 120 160 180
Squat 3 135 130 120 180 192.5 260 127.5 165 195
Bench 1 60 77.5 72.5 130 105 140 60 125 130
Bench 2 62.5 82.5 72.5 135 110 150 67.5 137.5 137.5
Bench 3 70 87.5 77.5 140 115 150 75 142.5 137.5
Deadlift 1 110 127.5 130 170 210 180 180 170 190
Deadlift 2 117.5 135 137.5 182.5 220 200 190 180 200
Deadlift 3 130 142.5 142.5 195 230 220 200 190 210
Total 322.5 355 335 510 527.5 630 387.5 492.5 527.5
Code =
Personal Best achievement
Failed attempt
Passed lift but not a personal best



Emily-Jane squatting 135k

Emily, preparing for the European Junior Powerlifting championships in 3 weeks’ time, was using this competition as a tester to find out what she is capable at the moment after recently experiencing huge improvements in strength, It was also an opportunity to try out some techniques in competition to see if they paid off.

They did!


Coach Charlie getting Emily ready for her squatting using knee wraps

Emily hit a 15kg personal best (PB) on her Squat, a 15kg PB on her bench and a 2.5k PB on her Deadlift, taking her best total from 290kg at the British championships in January to 322.5kg on Saturday.

She feels ready and prepared for the European championships now!



Kasia deadlifting 142.5k

Kasia was hoping for a big bench at this competition and although it didn’t go exactly to plan but she still came away with PBs on all lifts, as well as winning first place in her category! She was pleased. Just not with Bench.


Dawn, returning to her first British

dawn 3rd place

Dawn receiving her 3rd place trophy

Powerlifting competition in a few years, battled nerves and incorrect equipment selection to power on through and qualify for the British Masters championship. She also managed to win Bronze in the open age category, whilst being a Masters 2!


Joe was competing in his first ever equipped championships, so was testing the waters in all areas.


Joe squatting 167.5k

As usual, Joe’s training had been spotty but his performance was fantastic. Only missing 1 lift – his final bench on a technicality – he performed fantastically and hit some incredible numbers.

We can’t wait to see what this 20-year-old has in his future.



Coach Charlie and Chris celebrating a personal best

After taking some time away from Powerlifting, and wanting to eradicate all the errors seen in last year’s performance, Chris was feeling strong and focused for this competition.

He managed to hit PBs across the board and came away feeling motivated, positive and driven toward his next competition.



A knee slap to celebrate a personal best for Dan

This was Dan’s second ever Powerlifting competition and first ever affiliated one, so the nerves were real.

He managed to joke his way through the entire competition and was very entertaining for Coach Charlie, albeit slightly difficult to follow sometimes.

Dan’s Deadlift was the outstanding lift for him of the day, achieving a very easy 200k at just 93k bodyweight.

Dan wants to thank coaches Charlie Marillier and Helen Toms for coaching him over the last 3 months and helping him in his words go from ‘Amateur’ to ‘Slightly Less Amateur.’ You’re welcome Dan.



Coach Charlie preparing Farris for his third and final Squat attempt

Still only 20 years old and previously a GB Junior at World level, Farris came to this competition also testing out some changes to his training and seeing what level he can achieve.

His squats did not go to plan, but he pulled it out of the bag for the final one. Though his bench and deadlifts were hampered by injury slightly Farris still performed fantastically and is aiming for the English championships with this new total.


Like Dan, this was also Tom’s second ever Powerlifting competition and first affiliated


Tom preparing for his best squat attempt

one. Tom managed to compose his nerves extremely well and overcome a years’ worth of health issues to match his PB on his sumo deadlift, and be within a gnat’s whisker of PBs on both his squat and bench press. On failing to complete his final bench press Tom said “right, that’s it, I will have to sign up for another competition now”. This competition saw Tom finally achieve a very long-term goal; compete in an open Powerlifting competition, and it looks like he’s caught the bug.

Coach Charlie has expressed just how proud she was to see him on that platform after supporting his development for so many years.


Once again, Mark was also entering his second ever comp and first ever affiliated one alongside Tom and Dan.


Mark squatting 165k

Mark, former rugby player and referee, was driven to correct the technical errors he made at the Novice competition, held by Swindon Barbell in March, and hit 9/9. However, some of the errors returned and some new ones arose but he held his composure and sailed through for an incredible 20k deadlift PB with loads left in the tank.

The silent support

Swindon Barbell would like to extend a special thank you Karl Marillier who has been a constant support to the club, without being a lifter himself and thus getting the support back in return. He is always supporting people during training sessions and at competitions, helping on platforms to spot and load when it’s necessary, and ensuring everyone is catered for.


Karl Marillier, the heart of the team

It is volunteers like Karl that keep sports going, in particular Swindon Barbell.

What’s next for Swindon Barbell


  • Head Coach Charlie Shotton-Gale will be doing a Powerlifting Seminar at Battleground Gym, Swindon
  • We are sending many of our Equipped coaches to Bethnal Green Weightlifting club for a training/taster session organised by Martin Bass



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