Matt Gordon powers his way to silver
‘‘I'm absolutely stoked to not only have won my second silver medal in a major international competition, but to have recorded a personal best bench press in the championships.’’
Te Aroha’s Matt Gordon has finished a highly creditable second in the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
Gordon, who overcame a near crippling injury from seven years ago, is now an international class powerlifter.
His silver medal performance follows another second placing in his international debut at the Asia-Oceania Powerlifting Championships late last year.
In Potchefstroom, he was narrowly beaten by vastly experienced South African Ricardo Fitzpatrick who has been competing internationally for 15 years.
‘‘I’m absolutely stoked to not only have won my second silver medal in a major international competition, but to have recorded a personal best bench press in the championships,’’ Gordon said.
‘‘And I still felt I had something left in the tank. I’m saving a bit for my next big comp in Mexico City.’’
Gordon was successful with a 165kg bench press, more than twice his 81.25kg body weight.
Fitzpatrick, who won the title with a 172.5kg lift, weighed in a 82.17kg.
Gordon flew back to New Zealand late last week, and stopped overnight in Auckland, before flying to Mexico City the following day.
There he was tocompete in the World Paralympic Powerlifting Championships on October 3. This would be by far his biggest competition to date.
His goal is to represent New Zealand in the Commonwealth Paralympic Games on Queensland’s Gold Coach next April.
The Commonwealth Paralympic Games will be held in conjunction with the Commonwealth Games for fully abled athletes such as New Zealand’s Tom Walsh, Nick Willis, and Eliza McCartney.
Powerlifter Matt Gordon won silver in South Africa, and is already in Mexico City competing at the World Paralympic Powerlifting Championships.