Duo hope they will power to victory

Stockport Times East - - SPORT -

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.

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