Aaron crowned world powerlifting champion for second time

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Derry powerlifter, Aaron Whoriskey was crowned world champion for the second time at last week’s World Powerlifting Championships in Scotsoun Stadium in Glasgow.

The Top of the Hill fitness instructor moved up from the 60 kgs. category to compete in the 67.5 kgs. event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games venue and claimed gold.

There was in excess of 150 athletes from all over the world competing at the tournament last Saturday and Sunday.

Aaron (27) said he felt a lot more comfortable at the heavier weight and was delighted to come home with his second world title in the bag.

“I’m a lot more powerful now that I’m not trying to slim down to the lighter weight,” he claimed. “The competition was very tough with victory coming down to the very last lift.”

The Waterside man claimed his success was down to hard work in the gym and he paid tribute to his coaches.

“This is down to a true team effort from those who supported me during my training sessions. My coaches and particularly Jordie McGuinness who was always there with advice and training tips, my brother David who would always go the extra mile in training to support me and members of Energie fit4less Gym for their continued support. “And not forgetting my parents for the unwavering support.”

Aaron was also part of the Irish team which won the Team of the Championship prize, pushing England into second place.