Pals’ up­lift­ing wins

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - POWER LIFT­ING

FOUR friends showed what Macclesfield is made of when they won con­tests at a power lift­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Matthew Ni­chol­son, his part­ner Amanda Cun­liffe, trainer Andy Gregory and Alan Lown­des each won their cat­e­gories in the Mid­lands Bri­tish Power Lift­ing com­pe­ti­tion to win places in the Bri­tish power lift­ing fi­nals in Septem­ber.

They train at The Academy Group Trans­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, Water­side Mill, Macclesfield where Matthew is the owner and Andy works as a trainer. Amanda has four na­tional records un­der her belt but it was the first time the lads have en­tered.

Matthew, 29, took it up to try and solve back pain he was suf­fer­ing with.

He said: “I have a prob­lem with a disc in my back and was told when I was 18 I would end up in a wheel­chair. I’d been told lift­ing weights would be bad for my back but strength train­ing has re­ally helped.

“I have had lit­tle to no back pain and never in a mil­lion years did I think I could com­pete and even win a com­pe­ti­tion.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.