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Max Foord

Max Foord.

Max says: "I have recently bought home a gold medal from the World Powerlifting Championships, which was held in Ireland this year, taking first place in the Raw Bench Press Teen Category 82.5kg, by benching 130kg.

"I was nursing shoulder injury, which prevented me beating my personal best but was pleased with my performance to win the gold..I worked hard and with determination to achieve my weight targets – and it paid off.

"Everyone was absolutely thrilled for me and so very proud, and being disabled competing in an open championships made the win so much sweeter!

"Currently I'm in training for the annual Rotarian Disabled Championships, held in Coventry in November 2015, where I will participate in shooting, weightlifting and other sporting team events for Portland College, Mansfield, It is a huge two-day event, with people from all over the country competing.

"I will then have a break until the New Year and then, from January, I will resume specific and focused training programmes to prepare for the qualifying rounds in February.

"This is with a view to compete for the British Championships in April, then the European title in June (in Frankfurt Germany), plus the World title in October, which is to be held in the UK next year for the first time. As I turn 20 in February, I will move up to the junior class for next year's competitions.

"I am also organising the continuation of my sporting studies and will enrol onto a L3 course to become a professional qualified personal trainer, with a view to work within all-inclusive sports arena in the community."