Athlete represents country at powerlifting after injury blights rugby career (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Teesside University student has been powerlifting less than a year
AN ATHLETE who was stopped from playing professional rugby due to injury is to represent his country in the World Powerlifting Championships instead.
Teesside University student Andrew Richardson had hopes of becoming a rugby player before injury put a premature end to his career.
But the 19-year-old, from Coleraine in Northern Ireland, didn’t let that get in the way of his sporting ambitions.
Instead he took up powerlifting and is now competing at international level.
He will represent Ireland at the World Drug Free Powerlifting Championships in Glasgow next month.
Since taking up the sport just over a year ago, he has competed in several competitions, always finishing in the top three.
“Rugby was my chosen sport but I got injured and wasn’t able to play anymore,” said the sports science student.
“I have always been quite strong and decided to give powerlifting a go. I found out I was quite good at it and was determined to turn a negative into a positive.
“Naturally I am a competitive person and I want to win every time I compete. It makes me feel really proud to be representing my country and the aim is to keep pushing myself to go as far as I can in the sport.”
Andrew decided to come to Teesside University to study sports science as he also has future ambitions to become a strength and conditioning coach.
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