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Rory Girvan turns on power to be Ireland's top lifter

By Robert Jones

Belfast's Rory Girvan has powered his way to become the best Irish lifter of all time in his weight class at the World Powerlifting Championships in Glasgow at the weekend.

The 28-year-old strongman from CrossFit HENCH gym came second in the international competition in the 82.5kg weight class, lifting an incredible total of 630kg in Bench Press, Deadlift and Squat.

He was competing for Team Ireland at the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation competition held at Scotstoun Stadium.

"I've been training for this for years and am really delighted that the hard work has paid off," he said.

"I wanted to lift weights for as long as I can remember. I begged my parents for weights when I was around ten and was busting to get to the gym as a teenager.

"I actually missed one of my GCSE's by accident because I was in the gym training!

Girvan lifted 140kg in bench, 265kg deadlift and 225kg squat for the combined winning weight. He is currently Northern Ireland Raw Power Champion, All-Ireland Maxx Power Champion, Irish Bench Press Champion and currently All-Ireland record holder in his weight division.

He was joined at the competition by fellow CrossFit HENCH gym mates Aaron Donaghy (100 kg) from Banbridge who has Ireland's strongest grip and is Mighty Mitts Champion. Aaron placed third overall in his weight class lifting a total of 650 kg ( 210kg Squat, 167.5 bench and 272.5kg deadlift).

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