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Fin­ley teen pow­ers through to na­tional cham­pi­onships

Southern Riverina news - - SPORT - By So­phie Burge

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.

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