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Powerlifter wows them at Canadian Special Olympics

Jackie Barrett of Gillams on the province’s west coast was named the top overall performer in the powerlifting competition of the Canadian Special Olympic Games being held in Vancouver this week

Jackie Barrett

The 40-year-old Barrett won four gold medals, in the bench, squat, deadlift and all-around categories.

Barrett's  squat of 275.5 kilograms set a Newfoundland and Labrador generic record in the men’s 125.5 kilogram (super heavyweight) division, meaning Barrett holds the overall provincial record, not just for Special Olympians.

Barrett’s performance was part of a 13-medal haul by Newfoundland and Labrador athletes on the opening day of the competition.

Newfoundland and Labrador medal winners and scores reported so far from the Canadian Special Olympic Games in Vancouver:



Jackie Barrett, super heavyweight

275.5 kg squat (PP, PR), Gold

122.5kg bench press, Gold

297.5 kg deadlift, Gold

All-around, Gold

Named best male lifter — based on the Wilkes powerlifting scale — as the pound-for-pound best lifter in the competition


Daniel Moores, 100kg weight class

137.5kg squat (PB), Silver

100kg bench press, Gold

137.5 kg deadlift, Silver

All around, gold



Ryan Drover, 100m breaststroke, bronze medal.

Megan Martin, freestyle, gold medal

Shawn Dawson, backstroke, gold.



Johnny Philpott, 1,500 metres, 5:53, silver medal.


Soccer (prelimiunary round)

B.C. 1, NL 0.

NL 3, Sask. 2

GS: Bradley Murphy (3)


Note: the province’s 33-member team is competing in the sports athletics, swimming, powerlifting, golf, soccer, 5 pin bowling, and rhythmic gymnastics

Organizations: Canadian Special Olympics, Canadian Special Olympic Games

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Vancouver, Sask.

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