‘Future of Australian powerlifting’: Waggrakine teen Connor ‘Oxy’ Carbutt shows steely resolve

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Connor Carbutt doing what he does best: preparing to pump iron.
Camera IconConnor Carbutt doing what he does best: preparing to pump iron. Credit: Arctic Moon Photography

Connor Carbutt is a giant. But he’s as gentle as he is imposing.

Until he see weights. He attacks them, devours them, turns them into trash.

“You’re looking at the future of Australian powerlifting,” was the announcement which accompanied the Waggrakine teenager as he walked to the floor to start on squats at the recent Battle of the Gyms lift in Canberra.

“He’s 160kg and 2.13cm, is only 17 years of age, and ladies and gentlemen, he’s all the way from WA.”

The youngest competitor, Carbutt squatted 200kg, benched 130kg and deadlifted 230kg and still wouldn’t have blown a candle out.

“He had gas left in the tank,” a startled spectator said.

Earlier this year, Carbutt accepted an offer to be mentored by Jake Fisher of Canberra. Coaching is done via telephone and video, linked up to a home-made gym at the family home.

Carbutt doesn’t destroy all metal and steel. In fact, he loves the objects. His grandad and dad are metalworkers and the young fella with the nickname of Oxy, plans to follow their lead.

His “metal men” have taught him various vehicle and other restoration and creative projects. He has been working as a trades assistant for a local fabrication company and wants to gain an apprenticeship as a boilermaker.

No assignment is too heavy for this impressive young man.

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