Mick defies age to capture another title

Essex County Standard: The Hamiltons team at the East Midlands Championships The Hamiltons team at the East Midlands Championships

Age proved no barrier again as powerlifting grandad Mick Amey added an East Midlands Championship crown to his list of career titles.
 

The 64-year-old from Copford beat 11 rivals across all age groups, some of whom were in the under-23 category, to claim the 83kg class title with a total lift of 557½kg.
 

It gave Amey first place by 2½kg and he achieved it with a squat lift of 205kg, a bench press 115kg and a dead lift of 237½kg.
 

Amey was a member of a team of Colchester-based powerlifters from Hamilton’s Fitness Centre who travelled to the championships in Letchworth.
 

Despite being the lightest in his class, Devon Zachwatajlo claimed a third place in the 93kg category.
 

He performed a squat lift of 180kg, a bench press of 135kg and a dead lift of 232½kg for a total of 547½kg, which were all personal best (PB) lifts for the Hamilton’s man.
 

Mick’s son, Dan Amey, was another who managed a clean sweep of PBs in the 93kg class.
 

He squatted 155kg, bench pressed 140kg and dead lifted 220kg for a new personal record of a 515kg total.
 

Lee Meachen competed alongside Mick in the 83kg class and finished with a 410kg total, while Hamilton’s newcomer Keiran Stubbings made his competitive debut in the 105kg class.
 

The 17-year-old impressed with a squat of 160kg, bench press of 100kg and a bench press of 190kg for a 450kg total.
 

The Hamilton’s team were also supported by coaches Ashley Amey and Cliff Haynes at Letchworth.

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