Brittney Pereda wins overall gold at Deadlifts and Dames 3 weightlifting tournament | Guam Sports

After a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19-related mandates, Deadlifts and Dames 3 returned to action on Friday at The Fortress in Yigo.

For nearly three hours, 34 novice, intermediate and advanced lifters from Guam wowed the audience and judge Joe “Gåga” Pangelinan with their jaw-dropping strength and perseverance.

After the final deadlift was completed and the last piece of chalk was dropped on the floor, a handful of women walked away with painstaking equipment. In the Open 181-pound and over division, Brittney Pereda’s 463-pound lift not only secured a first place finish, but it was also the heaviest lift of the day. Accompanying her gold medal, Pereda, a 31-year-old strong woman, was also declared the winner of the competition.

“I feel great. It was fun,” Pereda said. “I had more fun watching all the other women gain weight. So that’s always my motivation, when I see other women doing their best.

Pereda, who trains five days a week, shared that she is ready for the competition.

“Every day is kind of like a prep day for whatever I decide to compete in,” she said.

fight cancer

In the previous two versions of Deadlifts and Dames, proceeds were donated to Harvest House and the Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence. In this third episode, Andrew Eay has been named benefactor. Eay, 62, father of Desiree Eay Macugay, event organizer and owner of The Fortress, is currently undergoing treatment for cancer in Los Angeles, California.

“That’s the main reason I’m here,” Pereda said. “Just always being there for her, just supporting her through this time was a no brainer. It’s just nice to give back to someone who has given so much to other women and other fitness seekers .”

“When she invited me to join her, I was just like, ‘I’m totally up for this!'” Pereda added.

As each contestant successfully performed their lifts or strove but failed in their attempt, Pangelinan watched in awe.

“I’ve been in the strength industry for over 30 years,” said Pangelinan, who is battling colon cancer and on her third round of chemotherapy.

Pangelinan said he was inspired by the women’s effort.

“I have judged bodybuilding shows. I competed as a strong man. To see women doing this is amazing,” he said. “We just saw a handful of women who weighed almost 400 pounds. It is not normal ! I know guys who can’t pull 400 pounds.

Pangelinan shared that he used to coach Macugay when she started weightlifting and was honored that she asked him to judge the event.

“She’s part of my family, so it means a lot more to me to come here,” Pangelinan said. “I’m still pretty believable for her where she’s going to ask me.”

“Let’s face it, it’s impressive,” he said. “Watching these girls makes me want to go back to the gym, but I know I have to take some time off. Its good. Its good.”

Master the Master Division

In the masters division, Julyne Manglona, ​​42, a mother of six and grandmother of five, lifted the division’s heaviest weight – an impressive 308.6 pounds.

“I think it’s a good thing for women to come together to empower each other, to adjust each other’s crowns, and to uplift each other,” Manglona said. “I think it’s important these days.”

Manglona in April 2019 competed in the inaugural Deadlifts and Dames, but this was her first time winning gold.

She told the Guam Daily Post that she started raising dead out of necessity. As her parents grew, she knew they were going to need her help.

“My parents were sick at the time,” Manglona said, sharing the reason she started the sport. “I wanted to make sure I was strong enough to take care of them. So I got into weightlifting and did it with trainer Grace (Witt).

Recognizing that his accomplishments can motivate others, Manglona serves as an example.

“Winning first place means a lot to me because I want to be an inspiration to women my age, mothers, grandmothers and my children,” she said.

The youngest contestant

Competing in her first-ever weightlifting competition, 12-year-old Alysia Lizama’s 176.4-pound lift earned the middle-schooler a coveted first-place finish in the junior division.

“I’m really happy about it,” Lizama said.

Lizama, an active kid who plays volleyball, soccer and basketball for her school, was inspired to take up weightlifting by Macugay, who is also her aunt.

“It’s really fun to do,” Lizama said, sharing that she also enjoys the competitiveness of the sport and the opportunity it provides to train with her family. “If you keep doing it, it becomes more fun, especially with your family members. So keep pushing.

Macugay, who helped lead the tournament while holding her young child in her arms, shared that Lizama’s weightlifting journey has only just begun.

“I haven’t had him lift really heavy yet,” Macugay said. “We have just started training. We just tested it for heavy loads just a few nights ago.

Teresa E. Burton