Gambia Powerlifting Association –GPA- over the weekend conducted their first
power lifting competition to encourage and provide opportunity to young power
lifters to demonstrate their talents. The competition was held at GPA gym in
Churchill’s Town and was graced by different gym houses in the country.
Demba Colley was announced winner in the dead lift junior category lifting 190kg with Abdoulie Sanneh as runner up on180kg. Hammadi Jallow managed 230kg and won the senior category followed by Madi Jallow who lifted 200kg.
GPA’s secretary general Edrisa Manneh said they are a new community based association providing quality, competition and opportunities to promote power lifting at both national and international levels and to lead by example in terms of integrity, efficiency and inclusiveness.
“The Gambia Power lifting Association is an international sporting group powered by the International Power lifting Federation –IPF- in the promotion of bench press, squat and dead lift. Four gyms have participated and the competition that was categorized into three: the junior weight from 60-70kg, intermediate 71-80kg and senior 81kg and above.”
Mr. Manneh explained that their targets are to work with community gyms to promote power lifting in the county. “This is our first activity in this year and we are planning to have more activities throughout the country.”
First vice president of the Association Louie Gomez said gym is important because lack of exercise is as dangerous as smoking. “Some of our Gambian youth are not deep into sport. They train in their young years but when they reach their forties, they relax and continue on ‘Attaya’, sugar, oil and jumbo without exercise, which is not good for health.”