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
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
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