2021 Hulk Smash Deadlift Competition results – Perth Fitfam

A crowd of people with medals around their neck, smiling for the camera
Results from the Perth 2021 Hulk Smash Deadlift Competition.

Nineteen-year-old Matteo Giubilato proved that age is no obstacle to big lifts, taking out the Men’s Open Section of Perth’s 2021 Hulk Smash Deadlift Competition with a 290kg pull on Saturday.

Weighing 109kg, Giubilato is one of Western Australia’s most promising powerlifting talents, and put his skills on full display at the twilight Muscle Pit event.

A man in glasses performing a deadlift
Matteo Giubilato

Perth competitor Annie Malard took home first place in the Women’s Open Section with a huge 175 kg pull at just 72kg. Malard is the current 2020 WAPA Open Women’s Champion.

A woman with a medal around her neck standing next to a man and smiling for the camera
Annie Malard

Crowd favourite for the day, though, was competitor Noah Miller. At just 11 years of age and 49kg, the little pocket rocket went four from four, pulling a top lift of 82.5kg.

National Records were also set by:

  • Jim Ambrose – Masters Record and the event’s most seasoned competitor, 215kg
  • Garnet Gregory – Masters Record, 230kg
  • Matteo Giubilato – Teen Record, 290kg
  • Shantelle Rea – Teen Record, 130kg
  • Jessica Napper – Teen Record in her first year of competition, 107.5kg.

The competition’s 17 participants were treated to perfect lifting conditions in the Perth sunshine, with the deadlift comp run outdoors under plenty of shade and with a gentle breeze. The male and female competitors ranged from 11 to 69 years of age, with the event sanctioned by CAPO Powerlifting Australia and National Records up for grabs.

Full results can be found on the event’s Facebook page.  

A little about the event trophies

The two perpetual trophies awarded on the day were tributes to two of West Australia’s past legends: Joe MacGowan and Linda Miller. 

MacGowan lifted between 1978 and 1988, contesting weight division 100kg–125kg. Highlights included seven National Championships, and winning bronze and silver at the 1981 and 1983 World Championships. His biggest total was 935kg at 125kg body weight.

Miller’s brief career was mind blowing. Competing in 1982 and 1983 at body weights of 67.5kg and 75kg, Linda dominated the National Championships. In 1983, she won gold at the World Championships. Her 1982 total of 455kg at 67.5kg bodyweight was an Australian and Commonwealth World Record at the time. The next year, she totalled 512.5kg at 75kg, leading to a 1984 nomination for the Caltex Sports Star of the Year.

Upcoming events

Look out for the Wild West Shootout coming to Power Pit Rockingham on 21 March 2021. For more details, contact Henry Day on 0401579419.



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