L1 British Powerlifting Coach
How long have you been strength training?
I have always incorporated strength training in my general life and specifically when I was playing rugby and competing in athletics field sports. So I’ve been strength training in one guise or another for over twenty five years with the last two spent focused entirely on power lifting.
Do you compete in Powerlifting?
One of the things that I enjoy most about Powerlifting is the ability to test yourself in a competitive environment which is genuinely motivating and were the people are so supportive. I initially competed at Swindon Barbell’s novice competition before going on to test myself in the South West Open. More recently I have competed at the All England Championships which I won as a Masters 1 lifter in the 120kg+ category. The highlight of my competitive career to date has been competing in the British Masters Championship in Belfast which in which I was delighted to place 3rd. I am currently training for this year’s All England Championships which I hope could lead to selection for the England team at the Commonwealth Championships to be held in Canada in September.
What is your favourite lift?
Whichever one I’m doing at the time!
What is your coaching philosophy?
It could be best summed up by this quote from Tom Landry, the former Dallas Cowboys head coach for over 25 years;
“A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be”
I always strive to learn more and believe coaching should be based on honesty, empathy and consistency where the environment should be challenging but above all positive and enjoyable.
What is your hometown?
I’m a bit of a nomad but was born and raised in Devon before moving to Wiltshire and spending a number of years around Salisbury before settling in Calne around 10 years ago.
What is your favourite food?
All the food aside from mushrooms. Mushrooms are the devil. Mushrooms are fungi – athlete’s foot is a fungal infection – draw your own conclusions.