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.