Belfast man Sean Ryan celebrates after lifting Euro title

Sean Ryan
Sean Ryan

Belfast strongman Sean Ryan was crowned the European Raw Powerlifting Champion in Belfast at the weekend.

Sean, a coach at HENCH Gym in Belfast, won the 75kg category with a total weight of 5.67.5kg at the European Powerlifting Championships organised by the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation (WDFPF).

This included 192.5kg in the squat, a 140kg bench press and 235kg deadlift.

It was the first time that the city has played host to an event which saw more than 100 athletes from all over Europe taking part.

Rory Girvan, HENCH owner and record-breaking Irish power lifter, said his gym was delighted to host such a prestigious event.

He said: “We have had a proud history of national Strength Sports events and preparing teams for competition but this was undoubtedly the biggest event to take part at HENCH.

“In recent years Belfast has

been host to a number of high profile international sporting events such as the World Police and Fire Games in 2013 and now the Giro d’Italia.

“The competitors and supporters enjoyed the buzz around the city last weekend.

“It was great weekend for sport here.”

The sport of powerlifting attracts men and women from more than 78 countries and is one of the ultimate strength sports.