INVERCARGILL powerlifter Andy Mahon returned from the World Classic Powerlifting Championships held in Belarus, Eastern Europe, with a gold medal and two silvers.
He struck gold in the dead lift and claimed silver in the squat and for second overall in his under-105kg category.
He also won the trophy for the third best overall lifter at the championships in the Masters 1 category (40-49 age group).
“Before I went to the championships I knew I was in the top five,” he said.
“This result is very good, I’m really excited.”
Mahon, who was the only lifter from the South Island, lifted a personal best total of 795.5kg.
The gold medal went to Ukraine’s Igor Makovetskyi, who lifted a total of 810kg.
“I’ve been training for 16 years now and it was definitely the best day I’ve had,” Mahon said.
The balance of diet and training, as well as mental strength, was really important in lifting, he said.
“Training is very important but when you come to competition it doesn’t matter any more, then it is all about what you are thinking.”
Mahon, who has won 16 international medals, said the Southern Strength Powerlifting Club was looking for new members.
“It would be great to get young kids involved in powerlifting. Those interested in this sport can visit our Facebook page, Southern Strength Powerlifting Club, for more information.”