Newport youngster set for bright future after securing World Powerlifting Federation title
PUBLISHED: 12:12 18 November 2010
A DETERMINED youngster is on his way to becoming a "huge name" in the powerlifting circuit after he was crowned teenage world champion, securing two world records in the process.
Domenic Fazzani, of Newport, smashed previous World Powerlifting Federation (WPF) records at the federation’s World Championship event held in Bath earlier this month.
Competing in the teenage 125kg class, Fazzani’s strength and determination shone through with efforts of 287.5kg squat, 200kg bench and 250kg deadlift seeing him crowned WPF Teenage World Champion 2010.
To top that success he also brought home two world records – in the squat and bench, a record that stood since 2006.
“It was an awesome feeling standing on the podium but the achievement still hasn’t sunk in,” admitted Fazzani.
“There were contestants from all over the world and I didn’t quite expect to lift that much so I’m delighted with the way it went. And I know I can lift more.”
The 19-year-old - who also broke a number of European records, although unofficially as he failed to tell the championship officials that he was attempting them - was invited to the championships to represent Great Britain after his great success in the British championships held in Wales in August.
“I didn’t even know that I was going into the Worlds until 10 weeks ago,” said Fazzani. “I entered that competition to get some British records but that automatically entered me for the Worlds. It’s all gone well so far and I’ll just keep looking to push on.”
Fazzani is coached by former world bench press champion Richard Patman at the Headstart Clinic in Cambridge, and also trains five times a week at Ripped Gym – who act as his sponsor – in Harlow.
His success is much to the delight of gym owner Michelle Meade.
“We are speechless at the talent this young man has,” she said. “He is an up and coming star and we foresee him becoming a huge name in the powerlifting world. He is a pleasure to have train at the gym and is an inspiration to us and our members.”
Fazzani says his ultimate aim is to compete in the World’s Strongest Man and on this evidence, and with his determination, you wouldn’t bet against it.
For now though, he is looking to step up into the Youth division – and to break more records – when he turns 20 in May.