Dunedin Amateur Weightlifting Club
"Here is a photo of
four people outside the Dunedin Amateur Weightlifting Club.
The club was based in The
Meadows, between the tennis courts and the bowling green."
"In the late-1950s
when you entered the East Meadows from Boroughloch, the tennis courts were
situated on the right-hand-side
Over to the left,
was a single storey concrete building, behind that were bowling greens
then a children's play area. The concrete
building was the home of the Dunedin Amateur Weightlifting Club, rented
from the council and run by Al Strachan."
The Weightlifting Club
"The background of this photo looks as if it
could be anywhere, but in fact it is a concrete
wall of the club, an
old council de-contamination centre.
Inside, the club was
basic with a capital 'B':
a large training area
complete with W
a shower room housing two cold showers.
Training nights were; Monday,
Wednesday and Friday.
competitions were always hosted on a Sunday.
- In winter
the temperature inside equaled that outside.
if the sun shone it was like training in a large storage radiator,
as the concrete held the heat."
"Club members fell
into several groups:
weight lifters - involved in the
3 Olympic Lifts:
Press, Snatch, Clean &
Jerk. ( The Press no longer features in
competitive weightlifting events.)
Strength athletes competing in
Squat and Deadlift.
- Body builders,
using weights to stay fit or
for, rehabilitation after an injury.
(Jimmy Bond) trained at the
Dunedin before making his mark in the cinema. Unfortunately
that was before my time,
but a few of the guys that trained with him were still memberswhen
I was a member.
(Norrie) also roughed it with us,
and went on to win the 'Mr Scotland'
(in the photo above) was so strong he could bend an old penny between his
two first fingers using his thumb. He did not do it often as his thumb
nail went black and fell off."
George Ramsay, Spain + UK: September 29 (email) + October 3 (2