The British Masters Weightlifting championships 2017 took place in Lilleshall, Shropshire at the National Sports Centre with a record entry of 150 men and women lifters over the age of 35. The oldest, Bill Despard and Eric Dolman, were both 82!
Both did well and Eric, an ex opera singer, who last year broke two 80 yr old plus British Master records again won his age group.
Dr David Mannion from Canterbury, a Personal Trainer, had trained hard and did a 150 kg total at the lightest bodyweight he has been for more than 30 years! He became British Champion in the 94 kg bodyweight class and age group M60. For his last attempt he attempted a British Masters record of 97 kg clean and jerk, but only managed the clean.
This year there was a record entry from Women Masters with 45 entries. Voula Karavias, owner of Tunbridge Wells CrossFit, lifted well to come 2nd in her age group and bodyweight category. Saeeda Vorajee who trains at CrossFit Chatham under coach and owner Don Yates came 2nd in her very first major weightlifting championship.
Those who won the British Championships from the London and South East region included: Tricia Forbes, Stuart Choate (Crawley), Pat Atteridge (Bethnal Green) and John Collins in the 105 kg bodyweight class from Sittingbourne in Kent.
Weightlifting improves: strength, mobility, agility and bone density. If anyone wants to train please see David www.dmfitnesstraining.co.uk or telephone 01227 634 107. He uses the excellent CrossFit gym in Canterbury owned and run by Mr Ross Johnson or he can train you in your own home.
Picture: Dr David MANNION Canterbury receiving his 1st place Gold Medal.