BP: You've had some pretty strong deadlift battles in national and international competitions, do you feel like deadlift is your lift? And do you enjoy the intensity a close battle brings?
HT: I suppose it is, it is the reason that I decided to start powerlifting! It is always great to be able to finish the competition on a high, to build up to your favourite lift. At one competition i have managed to go from last place (after squat & bench) to be contending for the podium once deadlifts started.
The battle can be intense mentally, as a lot of games can be played with numbers. Though I try to stay away from that and focus on what I have to do. To go out there and lift the heaviest i can, and hope that it is enough to put a marker down against everyone else. I enjoy the intensity of it. .
BP: How long have you lived in Britain, and how do you feel it compares to New Zealand? Do you miss not being so cold?
HT: I have lived here for about 15 years now, though a part of me will always be a Kiwi. Haha i'm convinced its more cold, grey and damp here than NZ!! Though I do love it here, there are numerous things that are so different to NZ: the close proximity to Europe, the history, pubs and culture.
BP: Can you rate the comparative standards of lifting between the two countries?
HT: I only started lifting about 4 years ago, since I have been in the UK, so my knowledge of lifting in NZ is limited to what I have seen on social media... though they have this guy you might have heard of ...Brett Gibbs. I hear he is alright!
Before lifting I had participated in various other sports, netball, volleyball, running etc. I got into lifting through kettlebells, the club i was part of at the time had a challenge, part of which was a deadlift. I trained for a couple of months for it and got 170kg deadlift at the challenge, thought that that was kind of fun, someone told me about powerlifting and I entered my first competition not long after. Jumped in the deep end and turned out i like this new sport.
BP: Outside of this particular competition, what powerlifting ambitions do you have?
HT: I would like to one day achieve a 3x BW deadlift, doesn't have to be in comp, even in my garage would still be very satisfying.
BP: And lastly, what are your favourite ways to relax and wind down outside of lifting?
HT: It's not a secret but I do like a gin or two to relax.