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Herefordshire powerlifter Tony White wins Oscar Heidenstam award
2:00pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Sport
A FORMER British champion powerlifter is the latest Herefordshire sportsman to be honoured with an Oscar Heidenstam Award.
Tony White, twice a British champion in the under-80kg category and a multiple West Midlands champion, has been recognised for his contribution to his sport over a period of more than 30 years.
The Oscar Heidenstam award is named after the former president of the World Amateur Body Building Association who is widely acknowledged as the the father of British bodybuilding.
On his death in 1991, a foundation was set up in his name by his biographer Malcolm Whyatt, who said: “Tony is a multi-titled power lifting champion and an exemplary ambassador of his sport.
“What puts Tony at the top of the tree is that is absolutely drug free and although he has achieved greatly for himself, he has for over 30 years devoted his free time coaching others to achieve, in all categories up to world champion status.”
White, who is now 65, did much of his training in his garage at home where he built his own gym and designed much of his own equipment.
He began competing in 1979 and continued until injury curtailed his career at the age of 58.
He has received 64 diplomas and more than 100 other awards during a distinguished career which saw him hold all of the All Midlands age-group records for his weight category in his 50s in the three disciplines, bench press, dead lift and squat.
His personal best lifts were 160kg in the bench press and 245kg in the deadlift, both of which were achieved in his 50s, and 237.5kg in the squat.
And age has not substantially diminished his capabilities as he recently dead-lifted 205kg, and that while recuperating from a thigh strain.
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