Cardiff Met’s Powerlifting Couple Share Success at British Championships

​10/03/2017

Sport and Exercise Science students and powerlifting couple at Cardiff School of Sport have both had great success in powerlifting at the British Championships.

In this year's first round at the British Powerlifting Championships, Abigail Stacey won second place and George Gordon won first place.

The couple met at a party in the student halls they shared during their first year at Cardiff Met University.

Abigail has been weight lifting for two years and took up the sport after meeting George and starting to train with him at the gym.

George's dad competed in powerlifting at a high level, which inspired George to start training with him at the age of thirteen.

Abigail said: "We have trained together ever since we met. We motivate and spot each other when doing heavy lifts and couldn't train without each other now. I'm really looking forward to another year of training and competing alongside George."

The pair follow a rigorous exercise regime and train four days a week. On Monday they train bench and upper body exercises, Tuesday is squats and lower body exercises, Wednesday is a rest day, Thursday is shoulders and upper body exercises, Friday is deadlifts, back and core exercises and the weekend is free for recovery.

In a powerlifting competition, a competitor gets three attempts at each lift of a squat, bench and deadlift. The points from the best lift in each category get added together to form a score based on your weight and age.

Last year was a successful sporting year for the couple; Abigail won European Champion, best overall teen across all weights and ages at the European weightlifting championships, set three World records (Squat, Deadlift, total), four British and European Records (bench, squat, deadlift, total) and became British powerlifting champion.

George also secured three world titles, seven British titles and took second place at last year's European Powerlifting Championships.

This year is set to be just as exciting for the couple, with their training on track and both George and Abi have moved up an age category. Abigail is currently eating a high protein, healthy fats and low carb diet to get her weight down from 60 kg to 56 kg for her next competition. George will also compete alongside Abigail in a competition on March 4th, called 'Tattooed and Strong', which will be held at an exhibition called 'Tattooed Tea Party'.

As part of his degree, George studies strength and conditioning and would like to pursue a career as a strength and conditioning coach, hopefully working with a variety of competitive athletes. Abbigail has an ambition to become a teacher and has already been accepted on a course to complete a PGCE SCITT in Poole. In the meantime , she hopes to gain extracurricular, personal trainer qualifications, with a view of using exercise to treat individuals with chronic conditions like obesity, hypertension and type 2 diabetes.

Programme Director, Dr Paul M. Smith said: "I'd like to congratulate Abigail and George on their sporting success in the world of powerlifting. As committed students and athletes they take full advantage of the fantastic facilities located within the Cardiff School of Sport. As a couple they appear to seamlessly incorporate their dedication to training and academic studies into their personal lives. My colleagues and I wish both of them the very best of luck in their forthcoming competitions."