Blog Page Cover - Tribute Trophies - Joe MacGowan & Linda Miller

Prologue

One of my core values in life that was instilled in me from an early age was the importance of one’s history; to know your culture & ancestry was paramount in knowing who you are and how you became. Taking pride from your forefather’s achievements as well as acknowledging the mistakes made for future generations to avoid.  It leads to respect, honour, self-esteem and the humility of giving thanks to those that made sacrifices and paved the way for where you stand today.  Above all it gives a bonding and a sense of belonging – a heritage.

Western Australia has a rich history in the sport of Powerlifting and one that participants taking part should be aware and proud of.

Western Australia has a rich history in the sport of Powerlifting and one that participants taking part should be aware and proud of.

From a State and National level right through to the International stage West Australian Athletes have been both influential and prominent.

The reasons why a lot of our history is not yet known to the vast majority of lifters, meet directors and supporters (and what led to a virtual disappearance of all those involved in the sport prior to 1999) is a storey for another day, but it is something close to my heart and something I have always been mindful of as the WAPA builds and continues the lineage the WAPL started all those years ago.

Let’s for the moment reference the years between 1990 and 1999 as the lost years for WA Powerlifting and over the coming months I’ll attempt to fill in the gaps for many of you out there.

My View Point

The above underlining principle is the reason I have always tried to involve and reintroduce those I know of from yesteryear back into the fold; to reunite them with the sport primarily through the meets run under the WAPA banner.

During my time I have introduced the WA Powerlifting Hall of Fame that now boasts 6 recipients for achievement and service to Powerlifting in Western Australia.

In addition each of our perpetual trophies at various competitions have been named to honour our past legends

In addition each of our perpetual trophies at various competitions have been named to honour our past legends due to feats performed on the platform or for their longevity in the development of the sport in this state.

These people’s names deserve and should be remembered through the ages; and with the help of our team at WAPA that lineage will continue now and into the future.

Where to from Here

I know many of you reading this will be asking questions like: Who are the Hall of Fame’s inductees? Why was our history nearly lost, what actually happened?  Whose names are on what trophies?  How did this sport become fractured and why?

In the coming months all this information will be live on our website for all to access.

Down to Business

So before I start to digress; the purpose of this article is to give you an understanding of how these trophies came to be and to congratulate, honour and give a brief breakdown of our two latest trophy inductees – Joe MacGowan and Linda Miller.

So without further ado on behalf of WAPA and all those with an interest in Powerlifting congratulations to you both on outstanding careers on the platform and service to West Australian Powerlifting.

HULK SMASH TRIBUTE TROPHIES:-

MEN’S:

Joe MacGowan

Lifting Years: 1978 – 1988

Weight Division’s Contested: 100kg, 110kg, and 125kg

Highlights:

State Championships: 10 times

National Championships: 7 times

1981 World Championships – Men’s 125kg, Open Bronze Medallist

1983 World Championships – Men’s 125kg, Open Silver Medallist

Best Performance:          935kg total at 125kg Division, 1985 State Championships – Best Lifter on Formula

Best Individual Lifts in Competition: 365kg Squat, 250kg Bench, 365kg Deadlift

Additional Highlights:

Highland Games: Caber Toss State Record: 22FT – 1984

 

WOMEN’S:

Linda Miller

Lifting Years: 1982 -1983

Weight Division’s Contested: 67.5kg and 75kg

Highlights:

State Championships: 1

National Championships: 1

1983 World Championships – Women’s 67.5kg, Open Gold Medallist

Best Performances:        90kg Bench at 67.5kg Australian Record

190kg Deadlift at 67.5kg Australian Record & Commonwealth Record

455kg Total at 67.5kg Australian Record & Commonwealth Record

 

212.5kg Deadlift at 75kg Australian Record & Unofficial World Record

512.5kg Total at 75kg Australian Record

Additional Highlights:

1984 Caltex Sports Star of the Year Nominee