Greg muscles his way to top of the world
AWAREHOUSE worker from Rochdale has been crowned the World’s Strongest Disabled Man.
Greg Bramwell saw off competitors from across the globe to take the title at London’s Olympic Park
The 31-year-old, from Cronkeyshaw, came out on top after competing in five gruelling events, including a van pull and the fearsome Atlas stones.
Greg, a father-of-one, who was born with a hereditary spinal condition which means his mobility is limited, said the victory was the realisation of a life-long dream.
He took up weight-lifting aged 19, but it was only when he did a few training sessions with one of his strong man heroes that he began concentrating on competing.
He said: “I used to watch the World’s Strongest Man as a kid, but never thought that as a disabled person I could do something like that. But a few years ago I did some personal training with Laurence Shahlaei (formerly Europe’s Strongest Man) and he told me about the World’s Strongest Disabled Man championship.
“Since then that’s been my purpose in my life.
“Training gives me a goal and a purpose.”
Greg, who finished fifth in last year’s championships and qualified by winning the notoriously tough Viking contest in Iceland earlier this year, says his family are what inspire him to push his body to the limit, doing four gruelling training sessions a week.
His nine-month old son Leonard and partner Stacie Brookes were in London to see him take the trophy.
Greg, who works in the parts department at Millers Vanguard in Bury and trains at the Full Contact Performance Centre in Castleton plus specialist strongman gyms in Leigh and Clitheroe, said: “I sacrifice a lot for this. I work from 8am to 5pm then train three nights a week, so I sacrifice a lot of time with Leonard and Stacie.
“So to win sort of justified that. It means that when Leonard gets older I can show him I won. I hope I am doing him proud. When they read out my name to say I’d won I just thought ‘oh my God.’ I couldn’t believe I’d done it.”
●●Greg Bramwell with the World’s Strongest Disabled Man trophy at London’s Olympic Park and (inset) competing in the Viking Strongman contest in Iceland earlier this year
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