Strongman Chris gets World Championship call

Chris with the Sochi flame
Chris with the Sochi flame

Powerlifter Chris Rattenbury has been chosen as part of an eight-strong team to compete for Great Britain at the World IPC Powerlifting Championships in Dubai next month (April 5-11).

Rattenbury who is an ambassador for Aylesbury charity WheelPower, based at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, has a personal best of 171kg.

The strongman is in fine form, and recently powered his way to a first place finish at an IPC sanctioned competition in Kent.

Through his role as WheelPower ambassador, Chris will have gained the support of thousands of young fans from schools in Bucks who have listened to his talk on Paralympic sport and the tales from his powerlifting career.

Chris said he is delighted to be selected to represent Great Britain and wants to make the town proud.

“The hard work I’ve been putting into training in recent months has really paid off, and I hope to make everyone who has supported me proud,” he said.

Three members of Paralympics GB who competed at the London 2012 Paralympics have also been selected. British Weight Lifting Chief

Executive Ashley Metcalfe said: “We have such a lot of talent in this team, and they are all showing great improvement every time they compete which is pleasing not just to the athletes and their coaches but to the governing body and our funding partners at UK Sport too.”

“It is going to be exciting to see how far these athletes can go, not just at the World Championships but in the
future as they aim for Rio 2016.”