STALYBRIDGE’S Callum McGovern smashed a series of North West powerlifting records in only his second ever competition.
The 16-year-old, from New Street, even finished second overall in the men’s 59kg weight division in the North West Powerlifting Championships that were part of the North West Strength Expo at Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester.
Callum, who is trained by British powerlifting qualified coach Darren Stafford at DJS Fitness Centre, Stalybridge, incredibly set North West U16 and U18 records with every lift in the squat, deadlift and bench press.
The Xaverian College student squatted 95kg, 100kg and 107.5kg, bench pressed 62.5kg, 65kg and 70kg, deadlifted 120kg, 130kg and 140kg, giving an overall total of 317.5kg.
As a result of these lifts, Callum, a former pupil at Gorse Hall Primary and West Hill School, has now qualified to compete in the British Junior Classic Championships which are taking place in Scotland in November.
Callum only took up powerlifting earlier this year after joining the DJS Fitness Centre.
Dad David explained: “Callum started by training in the gym at West Hill School. I took him to a local gym where Darren started to coach him, and that is how it started.
“He wanted to qualify for the British juniors, but for every lift to be a record breaker was something he didn’t expect to do.”