Essex weightlifter aiming for 2012
PUBLISHED: 10:25 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 31 May 2010
WHILE British athletes compete to earn medals in Beijing this week, one Newport teenager is already looking ahead to London 2012. Seventeen-year-old Domenic Fazzani is one of the country s most promising young weightlifters. Having comfortably dominated
WHILE British athletes compete to earn medals in Beijing this week, one Newport teenager is already looking ahead to London 2012.
Seventeen-year-old Domenic Fazzani is one of the country's most promising young weightlifters.
Having comfortably dominated his opponents at a recent regional competition in Northamptonshire, he now hopes to build on his success and take his hobby to the next level.
"It was the first competition I've taken part in and I unofficially broke two British records," said Domenic, "one under-18 record and one unequipped record, which means a lift carried out without wearing the supportive super-suit."
Domenic was talent-spotted by trainer Malcolm Kempton while weightlifting in the A-Max gym at the Atrium Club in Cambridge four months ago.
"He just came over to me and offered to train me," Domenic said. "He thinks I've got what it takes to lift weights at a professional level. My next big competition will hopefully be the British Championship in February."
Although he is only 17, Domenic, who lives with his mother Amanda, weighs in at almost 17 stone. To maintain the strength which enables him to lift up to 230kg at a time, the man-mountain has to consume huge amounts of energy each day.
He said: "I get up at 6am each day ready for work at Countryside Grounds Maintenance at 7.30am. Before I leave the house I'll have breakfast, which will typically consist of six eggs, four slices of toast and some porridge.
"Throughout the day I don't really have meals as such, I just eat steadily. Sandwiches, bananas, chocolate, protein shakes - foods high in energy. I eat between 4000 and 5000 calories each day."
The strict regime of eating and training is working for Domenic - he has put on two stone in the last 10 months, all of which is muscle. And his strength is a real eye-catcher, as his grandfather, Les Fazzani, explained.
"He's just phenomenal," said Mr Fazzani. "When he's training at the gym it's no exaggeration to say people will stop what they're doing to watch. It's incredible."
Domenic's ability has been noted by more than just his fellow gym-goers too. "When I was at the regional competition there were a lot of former professionals there, who came up to me and told me that they thought I had what it takes to go all the way.
"They reckon I should be able to clear up when I get to the British Championship in February."
After that, the Olympics of 2012 will be in Domenic Fazzani's sights. Remember the name...