NOVICE weightlifters from across the area competed in a powerlifting competition at a specialist strength gym.

The event was held on Saturday, February 3, at 349 Barbell, located at High Post Industrial Estate, in Salisbury, and was open to those who have never competed in a powerlifting competition before.

A number of male and female contests took place, with 18 female and 20 male participants aged between 18 and 55 competing in various weight categories.


  • Dennis Zilic was the male champion in the over 90kg category, lifting 630kg
  • Toby Crabtree was the male under 90kg champion, lifting 550kg
  • Simone Pipe was the female over 70kg champion, lifting 355kg
  • Katie Zeneli was the female under 70kg champion, lifting 307.5kg

Andover Advertiser:

Co-owner of 349 Barbell, Scott Bleakley, said: "On Saturday, February 3, we hosted one of our 'novice' powerlifting competitions, we put these on for those who have never competed before.

"We get a variety of entries from people looking to take their first step into powerlifting, those looking to just test their strength or just to have some fun. 

"At the 349 gym, we have a vast amount of experience in competitions with around 50 per cent of our male and female members competing each year - alongside having British, European and World champions among our ranks - we believe we have the perfect environment to host these competitions.

"We had 18 females compete and 20 males with ages ranging from 18-55

"We host two novice competitions per year and two national qualifiers. The next national qualifier is from March 16 to 17, and free for anyone to come and watch. 

"Our next novice competition will probably be around September time, keep an eye out on our Facebook and Instagram for dates as they sell out in less than a week."