Chiswick teenager wins silver in World Powerlifting Champs

Ian Lucy, 18, has won three silver medals at the World Powerlifting Championships in Calgary, Canada. Slightly different from weightlifting, the sport is all about strength and in his three events – squat, bench press and dead lift – he lifted 207.5, 120 and 240 kilos respectively, adding 60 kilos to his personal best.

More than 100 countries took part in the championships. Ian was representing Britain in the sub-junior class and parents Chris and Janet were there to see his success. He now has a good shot at winning the British championships in his class in September. The European championships in Lithuania will then be his last competition before he moves up to compete in the 18 – 23 class in next year’s World Championships in Sweden.

Ian works at Dukes Meadows Golf course and has been competing since he was 16. The trick, he says, is to be sensible and only try and lift the maximum weight three or four times a year.