POWERLIFTING: Horncastle’s Mellor wins bronze at Junior Worlds

Graham Mellor. Photo: John Aron
Graham Mellor. Photo: John Aron

Horncastle powerlifter Graham Mellor certainly lived up to his nickname as ‘The Big Show’ with a record-breaking performance at the Junior World Championships in Sweden.

Graham, 21, returned from the event with a bronze medal in the heavyweight category after becoming the first British lifter under the age of 23 to lift 600lb (272kg).

Marc Giles, who is a world champion himself, coaches Graham at the Horncastle Powerlifting Club.

He believes Graham is on course for even bigger and better things.

Marc said: “He’s a great lad and he works really hard. He trains three times a week and never misses a session.

“He’s got two years ahead as a junior and I can seem him challenging for a lot of major titles.

“Then, it is on to the seniors and there’s no reason why he can’t win things at that level.

“He a top prospect and he wants to be a winner.”

Marc is convinced Graham will soon become the first U23 British competitor to lift 300kgs – the equivalent of more than 42 stones.

Graham was joined in Sweden by two other powerlifters from the Horncastle club – Jarred Syed and Jessie Johnson.

Jarred, from Alford, and Woodhall Spa-based Jessie, competed in different weight categories to Graham and returned with highly creditable fourth places.

Marc said: “All three of our lifters did really well and it’s a reflection on the talent we have at the club – and how hard everyone is working.”