Big lift

Big lift

Cumberland’s Spencer Creamer, shown breaking the national squat record at last weekend’s USPF (U.S. Powerlifting Federation) National Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., also set a world record in the deadlift and two other national records in his age division.
Cumberland’s Creamer sets age division’s U.S., world records at USPF National Championships

CUMBERLAND – Three days after returning from Minneapolis, Spencer Creamer still had a difficult time using the terms “national champion” and “world record holder” when he talked about his performance at last weekend’s USPF (U.S. Powerlifting Federation) National Championships at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

“It hasn’t sunk in,” the Cumberland High junior said on Tuesday afternoon. “But it does feel good.”

Creamer, who was making his debut on a national stage in his sport, delivered a truly phenomenal showing by sweeping the championships in his 16-17 age division’s 148-pound class and setting national records in the squat, deadlift, and combination categories, as well as a world record in the deadlift with a lift of 475.2 pounds.

“I saw the old records and I expected to break some of them,” added Creamer, who produced a 341.5-pound squat and turned in a combination (squat, deadlift, and bench) of 963.9 pounds.

Creamer, who had played baseball in the town’s leagues, as well as ran on the North Cumberland Middle School cross country and Cumberland High track and field teams, took up powerlifting a few years ago after meeting Central Falls powerlifter Jimmy Bourgault through his brother, Kylie, a 2016 graduate of CHS who wrestled on the Clippers’ wrestling team.

Bourgault was a former national and world powerlifting champion, and he ended up becoming Creamer’s coach. Creamer reported that on Mondays, he works on his squats, Wednesdays are devoted to the bench, and Fridays are for deadlifts.

“It’s basically a two-door garage at Central Falls that we lift at,” said Creamer. “A lot of high school wrestlers used to go there to lift. Kylie eventually brought me, and I just got hooked. Originally, I was just doing the lifting as training for my other sports, but now this has become my main sport.”

Prior to competing at the nationals, Creamer’s only other tournament was a local competition at Red Island CrossFit in Smithfield, and Creamer captured the championship in his age group.

As for his future plans in the sport, “I’m planning on going back to nationals next year,” he said. “And I qualified for the world championships. It’s going to be held sometime in November. I’d like to go there and do well.”

Cumberland native Spencer Creamer, left, poses for a picture with his coach, Jimmy Bourgault, a Central Falls native who is a former national and world powerlifting champion, at last Saturday’s USPF National Championships in Minneapolis, Minn.