Car crash in­juries fail to dampen Tom’s dream


Crushed ribs and ster­num has done lit­tle to dis­cour­age Tom Cole­man from the sport he loves.

The One­hunga res­i­dent is one of 18 lifters from Get­strength Gym rep­re­sent­ing New Zealand at the Asia Ocea­nia Pow­er­lift­ing Cham­pi­onship in Christchurch next month.

Three months ago, his dream of com­pet­ing was crushed after he was in­volved in a hor­rific car ac­ci­dent on Auck­land’s mo­tor­way.

Cole­man’s ve­hi­cle was hit by a truck driver who failed to check his blind spot while chang­ing lanes. His ve­hi­cle slid across into a concrete bar­rier, the car’s airbags crush­ing his ribs and ster- num.

‘‘This was one week after the National Pow­er­lift­ing Cham­pi­onships,’’ 26-year-old Cole­man says.

‘‘I was wor­ried, all I could think about was if I’d be fit enough to com­pete in the Asia Ocea­nia Pow­er­lift­ing Cham­pi­onships if I was se­lected.’’

De­ter­mined to get ready in time for the Asia Ocea­nia meet, Cole­man was back in the gym two weeks after the ac­ci­dent.

‘‘It was stress­ful and frus­trat­ing, I was lift­ing less than half of what I was ca­pa­ble of be­cause of the phys­i­cal pain.’’

Cole­man now squats 182.5kg, bench presses 125kg and has a dead­lift of 235kg. He aims to to­tal over 530kgs at the Asia Ocea­nia meet.


Tom Cole­man was in­jured in a se­ri­ous car crash in Au­gust.

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