Duo hope they will power to victory
TWO of Great Britain’s top powerlifters are taking part in Sunday’s Manchester Para-Bench Press Competition at Life Leisure’s Houldsworth Village gym in Reddish.
Great Britain squad member Ali Jawad and ‘Help the Heroes’ athlete, Micky Yule, are taking part as they prepare for the Americas Open Championships in Mexico later this Spring.
Jawad is an eight-time British champion, who currently holds the British, European and World records in the 59kg class and has been ranked world number one.
Yule, who was wounded in Afghanistan, is an accomplished powerlifter and represented Team GB at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games last year.
“We are really looking forward to this inaugural Para-Bench Press competition,” said Andreas Michaelas, the British Weight Lifting regional development officer.
“We expect some tough competition and spectacular lifts. It’s a great sport for spectators and we hope there will be a strong turnout, with free entry, everyone is welcome.”
Chris Scott, general manager at Life Leisure, added: “With the excellent facilities and equipment we have here, we are not only able to attract top class competition and competitors to Stockport, but we are also able to introduce local people to the benefits of weightlifting as part of their exercise activity, helping them to keep fit and healthy.”
Anyone interested can visit www.lifeleisure.net or phone 0161 443 4090 for further details.