Napa Senior Weight Lifters

Representing the Napa Senior Weight Lifters in Sacramento were, from left, trainer Mike Dayton, Sherry Abblett, Carrie Reese, Virginia Brookins-Brown and Bob Fornachon.

The Napa Senior Weight Lifting Team was filmed by Sacramento Channel 40 News with host Mark Demsky while preparing for the recent West Coast Bench Press & Dead Lift Championships, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Sacramento.

World Weight Lifting Hall of Fame member Sherry Abblett returned to the competition after a five-year hiatus and smashed the existing dead lift world record of 148.7 pounds with a final lift of 181.7 pounds.

Virginia Brookins-Brown, the team’s newest team member, competed in the Master Women 75-79 age group in her first competition and set three world records in the dead lift with a final lift of 137.7 pounds.

Carrie Reese lifted in the 132-pound weight class, 80-84 age group, and set three new world records in the dead lift with a final lift of 214.2 pounds, set three new world records in the bench press with a final lift of 90.2 pounds, and set a new world record in the push/pull event with a 304.4-pound total.

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Bob Fornachon, who at 92 was the oldest contestant, competed in the 181-pound weight class and set a world record with a final dead lift of 126.7 pounds.

Gurda Shupe, after recovering from a wrist injury, is in heavy training for the world championships being held at Bally’s/Paris Hotel in Las Vegas on Nov. 12.

Evelyn Kilgore, 93, a multiple-world record holder who is also in training for her comeback in the dead lift, with her next competition in Chico in 2020.

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