Could Callum be worth his weight in gold?

STALYBRIDGE powerlifter Callum McGovern will make his Great Britain debut in June.

The 18-year-old from Castle Hall has been selected for the International Powerlifting World Championships in Helsinborg, Sweden, from June 3-15.

Following his success at regional and national level Callum, a former pupil at West Hill School, recently attended a Great Britain selection day where he was successful.

Callum will be competing against the best junior powerlifters from across the world in the lifting categories – squat, bench press and deadlift.

And having only celebrated his 18th birthday in late April Callum, who will compete in the sub junior 66kg class, will be one of the youngest competitors.

Callum said: “It’s been an amazing experience just to be considered for selection for GB and attend the selection day.

“I was incredibly delighted to make the team and be chosen to go to the world championships. I would like to thank my coach Darren Stafford for helping me achieve this.”

The timing of the world championships have made things a little more complicated for Callum as it falls in the middle of his ‘A’ level exams.

Callum is currently fitting in training alongside studies at Xaverian College and working part time.

He began weightlifting at West Hill School and later joined DJS Fitness, a gym in Stalybridge where he is coached by Darren Stafford.

Callum featured in the Correspondent last year when he won a bronze medal in the British Men’s Junior Classic Championships in Northampton.

He qualified in for the British Junior Championships when in May he won at the All England Powerlifting Championships, also in Northampton.

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