Today saw Joe compete at the British Classic Powerlifting Championships in Dover and it was a truely rocky start for the 18 year old as he missed his first two squats due to depth. Needing his third squat to remain in the competition meant that Joe needed to really focus and make sure nerves and the occasion didn’t ruin his day. Joe secured a lift of 85kg on his third squat to remain in the competition and moved onto more confident ground with the bench press where his first two lifts were good and he attempted to increase his British record on the third attempt with 85kg but this was just to much on the day with all that had gone on so he came away with 82.5kg today. Deadlifts were also much better and he opened with 95kg and increased this to 102.5kg on his second lift. Having now secured the title of British Sub Junior Champion Joe wanted to attempt a 110kg for his final deadlift but it just wasn’t to be. Joe’s final total was 270kg and despite such a shaky start this was only 2.5kg down on his personal best which he set in April of this year which shows how well he could have finished had the start gone a little better and this gives Joe the determination to improve at his next competition.