‘Big Show’ signs off with a European gold

Graham Mellor.
Graham Mellor.

Horncastle Powerlifting Club’s Graham ‘Big Show’ Mellor is a European champion.

He scooped gold as one of a number of club members in action in the European Bench Press championships.

Competing in his last year as a junior, Graham won his first European title with a massive 270kgs.

He attempted 310kg on his last eforrt, which would have been the biggest lift by a Briton.

However, he still claimed a gold to follow the silver won at the World championships.

It was a great way for Graham to finish his years as a junior.

Competing in La Manga, Spain, the club had an unprecedented five lifters representing Great Britain.

First up in the 57kg ladies’ over 50 years age group was Michelle Franklin.

A lift of 80kg secured her a silver medal, just missing out on gold by 2.5kg on the last lift.

Next up, in his final year in the over 50s age group, Glyn Belsher pressed a great 150kg to secure a bronze medal in the 93kg class.

Rebecca Wiliams benched pressed 100kg in the over 40s 84kg ladies’ class, for a great third-place finish.

The medal with go nicely with her bronze picked up at the World Championships.

Sarah Bouskill made her international debut.

She was in a very tough class in the open age ladies’ category.

But she managed a brilliant 137.5 kg and a respectable fifth place.