A Luton HGV driver is celebrating helping England win the 2015 Home Nations Championship in powerlifting, having beaten teams from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Jack Cook, who works for local builders’ merchant, Gibbs & Dandy, as an HGV driver (conveniently delivering heavy building materials), also lifted the most combined weight total by any competitor.
The 26-year-old said: “It was an incredible feeling to be part of the winning team. We all trained really hard and everyone did a fantastic job. From a personal point of view, I’m also very proud to have lifted the most combined weight.
“I also really appreciate the support I have received from Gibbs & Dandy Luton in helping me prepare for the championship.
“I’m hoping this win will help me progress in the sport as I’d love to compete at an international level.”
Jack has been competing in powerlifting competitions for five years and has won a number of regional and national championships, including being the English Champion twice.
Powerlifting differs from weightlifting as it involves power and strength to complete three types of lifts — squat, bench press and deadlift — while weightlifting is a more technical sport that involves using the correct technique to lift the weight from the ground to above your head.