Published: 21/12/2012 08:30 - Updated: 19/12/2012 17:22

Glasgow a possibility for Nairn powerlifter

Written byby Graham Linton

Max Ashmole believes the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow could be a future goal after his record-breaking powerlift. Picture by Alasdair Allen.
Max Ashmole believes the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow could be a future goal after his record-breaking powerlift. Picture by Alasdair Allen.

REPRESENTING Scotland at the Commonwealth Games is potentially a target for one of the rising stars of British powerlifting.

Max Ashmole, from Nairn, impressed when setting a new record for his age and weight category in his for Great Britain Powerlifting competition, which took place in Glasgow.

The previous record stood at 147kg, but the 15-year-old surpassed it with a lift of 155kg, much to his delight.

Ashmole is a recent newcomer to powerlifting having only started being trained by his dad Tom, a personal trainer in Inverness, since February, but after his record-breaking feat he is already looking to the future and a possible appearance in Glasgow again come 2014.

"The next Commonwealth Games is a possibility," said the teenager, who weighs 64.8kg. "There would be a lot of strong competition, but it would give me an added incentive to go for.

"It would involve training almost every day, while at the moment I’m probably training three or four times a week.

"Since taking up powerlifting, it’s been very demanding, but I was very, very pleased with what I achieved in Glasgow.

"Other people were going to that competition looking to break the record as well, so it was nice to do it at my first one.

"Everyone was clapping and cheering me on, which was a fantastic feeling.

"When I finished, there were people coming up to congratulate me, so I was really happy."

Powerlifting is perhaps one of the more unusual sports to pursue, but Ashmole insists both friends and family have been strongly behind him all the way since he first started deadlifting around a year-and-a-half ago.

"My dad has been great, but my friends have been really supportive as well," said the Nairn Academy pupil.

"A couple of them actually do some deadlifting with me, although they are not on the same level that I’m on.

"However, it’s good that we train together. There’s a friendly rivalry and that helps to spur you on.

"I train quite a lot, but only for about an hour maximum, usually in the morning when you are fresh.

"You have to be careful because you can easily injure yourself and then you have to go through the whole process of building yourself back up again before doing a lift.

"I also do a bit of running and some abs work as that helps to build up your core."

Ashmole has not competed since setting the record and is unsure just now what his plans for next year will be as he plots future events with his dad.

The hope, however, is that whatever Ashmole does, it will give him a chance of possibly competing on one of the biggest sporting stages when the Commonwealth Games comes to this country in two years time.

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