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Finley teen powers through to national championships
Finley’s Hyrum Joseph has set his sights on the CAPO Powerlifting National Championships after cruising through the qualifying rounds at Wollongong on Saturday.
The hulking 16 year-old, who is a personal trainer at Finley’s HQ Gym, said he has fallen in love with the sport and is ready to take on Australia’s best in Melbourne on August 15 and 16.
The sport requires competitors to complete three lifts — deadlift, squat and bench — and competitors are marked from an accumulation of all three weights lifted.
Joseph said for the qualifier he focused more on technique and ‘‘played it safe’’.
He squatted 150kg, benched 110kgs and deadlifted 220kgs.
‘‘They’re not my personal bests . . . that can wait until next month,’’ Joseph said.
‘‘I didn’t want to get disqualified, which can happen if you don’t squat low enough or do the lifts properly.
‘‘I was well within the qualifying benchmarks, so the next step is to just keep training and I’ll see what happens.’’
Joseph, who competes in the sub-junior section against other 16 and 17 yearolds, said his goal for the national championships is to squat 180kgs, bench 140kgs and deadlift 230kgs.
In the meantime, he will continue training five times a week in the weights room with no cardio.
Joseph said because powerlifting has so many different weight categories, it is easily accessible for all types of people.
‘‘It’s really easy to get into,’’ he said.
‘‘The really skinny people aren’t going to be versing the massive people. Each category has an even playing field which is good.’’
Hyrum Joseph with proud father Tekaahu.
Finley’s Hyrum Joseph in action at the national qualifying event.