has the Power 30th November 2006
Teacher, father and now national powerlifter Andy
Howard has qualified to compete in the British Powerlifting Final 2007.
Andy, 37 and head of the Humanities faculty at
Thomas Lord Audley School, took up Powerlifting five years ago after seeing other members
training for it at Hamiltons Fitness Centre in Colchesters Business Park. Andy
competed at the East Midlands Championship in Hitchin on Saturday where he achieved a
personal best total of 690kg, which was just enough to allow him to compete in next years
prestigious British Final to be held on the 18th June at the Birmingham City
The competition starts with the squat lift. Andy
began with an easy 240kg, following on with a good 250k. He unfortunately failed his third
and final attempt of 257.5kg. Next came the bench press. Andy felt that he had made some
good progress in his training for this lift recently so he opened at 177.5kg. He managed
it easily and also his next lift of 182.5kg. For his last attempt he asked for 185kg, but
only just failed with the judges voting two to one against.
This gave Andy a sub-total at the two-thirds mark
of 432.5kg, with only the deadlift to go. He knew that he needed to match his personal
best of 257.5kg for this lift to be able to qualify for the British Final. He opened with
245kg, which he managed with some difficulty, then went straight to 257.5kg. Andys
team-mates were bringing the house down with their very vocal support and, with their
encouragement, he managed to successfully complete the lift.
Andy said I am overjoyed at the outcome of
the competition. I have been so near it many times in the last two years. I am looking
forward to competing in the British Final in June of next year and between now and then I
will be training as hard as possible.
Stuart Hamilton, owner of Hamiltons Fitness
Centre, where Andy trains said This is a massive step for him and means he is now
ranked in the top 10 lifters in the whole of Britain. Weve seen Andy progress at
tremendous speed, right from the moment that he started and it makes us all proud to see
him do so well. He works very hard and deserves every success.