Teenager Shariq Haidery powered his way to a personal best and finished in sixth place at the British Junior Powerlifting Championships.
The 17-year-old Manchester Grammar School pupil MGS and member of the School’s Powerlifting Club, competed at the championships in Glasgow.
After finishing second in the North West Powerlifting Federation Championships in February, Shariq accepted the invitation to compete and set himself the ambitious target of lifting more than 400kg across squat, deadlift and bench press.
And with a combined total of 405kg, Shariq broke the personal best he achieved at the north west championships, finishing sixth in the country.
Those above him were all significantly older than Shariq, which stands him in good stead for the future.
He trained for the competition for 10 weeks, with a strict diet and intensive schedule of lifting sandwiched in between school and homework.
Dr Mohammed Saghir, who runs MGS’s Powerlifting Club, said: “We’re all proud of his achievements here at Manchester Grammar School.
“Seeing Shariq develop as a junior lifter is remarkable and a testament to his commitment to the sport.
“Fitting it in alongside his academic studies is difficult, and I commend his ability to do this. I look forward to seeing Shariq move to lifting ever heavier weights as he now prepares for his next competition.”
Manchester Grammar School will be, for the first time ever, hosting the British Women’s Powerlifting Championship in February 2018, as well as the North West Junior competition in July 2018, which Shariq will be competing in.