Mr Bronze? to lift his mental game

By RACHAEL BORICH

POWERLIFTING success often comes down to mental strength and Rockhampton's Graham Thomson is further weighing up this element.

This year Thomson started university studies in psychology ? knowledge he hopes to incorporate into competitions.

Thomson won the under125kg division at the Australian Open Powerlifting Titles in Townsville last month, but despite capturing his third national title he was still disappointed with his 775kg total.

"I had the flu the week before, but that wasn't a big issue, mentally I was not there,'' Thomson said.

Thomson's bench lift of 201kg was a new Australian record, but his other lifts of 282.5kg (squat) and 292.5kg (deadlift) were well off his personal best lifts of 300kg and 320kg.

"I knew I had to make amends when I came out for my bench lift,'' Thomson said.

While study and work commitments are now restricting training and competition frequency, Thomson's "big goal'' is to break the Australian total record of 815kg.

If he combined his best lifts over each of the three disciplines he would total 820kg, but his best combined total in the one competition is 785kg.

Joining Thomson in Townsville was training parter Mark Shillington who placed third in the 110kg division.

"He's known as Mr Bronze now,'' Thomson said, with Shillington having placed third in three nationals appearances.



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