Hugh Baird College student, Alex Hughes, recovered from injury to take gold at the World Drug Free Powerlifting Championships for a fourth time.
The 19 year old, who is studying to be a Personal Trainer, tore a ligament in his upper back on the grueling journey to the competition but still managed to record five personal best lifts in the 100kg bodyweight category. Alex beat his previous best by an impressive 17.5kg to lift 31 stones!
Having already competed in previous championships in Glasgow and Boston, Alex was determined to take the trip to Sicily for this year’s event in spite of several setbacks.
“It’s been much tougher this year with setbacks along the way but receiving the sports scholarship from Hugh Baird College last year meant I was able to save the money from that to pay for the trip. We had to take two taxis, four trains and a plane to get to Sicily and when I injured my back running for one of the trains, we thought I might have to pull out of the competition. Luckily, the President of the Powerlifting Association found a therapist in the audience who helped me get in good enough shape to compete.”
Alex now plans a year off from competitions to study for his Level 3 qualifications. He’s considering dropping a bodyweight ahead of the 2017 World Championships in the USA and said:
“I can relax for a while now but do plan to return in 2017, hopefully stronger than before. I’ll be looking over my weaknesses and strengths and aiming towards the next goal.”
Anne-Marie Knott is Alex’s tutor at Hugh Baird College. She said:
“We’re very proud of Alex’s achievements in powerlifting. His involvement in the sport definitely helps him on his College course. He’s not just developing his own health and fitness, but also his mental strength, determination and discipline. He has already been using his skills and extensive knowledge to help other students, delivering workshops to exercise and fitness students about his experiences and highlighting the importance of correct lifting technique for maximum performance. His commitment to training and his drive to achieve his goals will really help him progress in a career in Personal Training, inspiring and motivating others to achieve their goals.”
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