Glasgow is the aim for Alderman

Fresh from retaining his British title, Adam Alderman is confident he can get enough points to qualify for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Sible Hedingham-based powerlifting dwarf followed up fourth place in last month’s European IPC Powerlifting Championships in Russia with a gold medal at the BWAD National Powerlifting Championships at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, on Saturday.

It was touch and go whether he would even make the plane with the Great Britain team for Russia after undergoing intensive physiotherapy for a shoulder injury, but he showed he is recovering well at the weekend’s competition.

His best lift of 132kg was more than those in the two weight categories above his 49kg section and bodes well ahead of his first Commonwealth Games qualifier, the Commonwealth Championships in Penang, Malaysia, at the end of November.

“It is quite a big one so I just need to get my head down for five months and get back to my best,” said Alderman, who trains at Zest Health and Fitness Club in Sudbury.

The 29-year-old, who works at Siemens in Sudbury and heartbreakingly missed out on qualification for last year’s Paralympic Games added: “If I lift 145kg-plus I will qualify.

“The first qualifier is a long way away, but I have time to get the weights back on.”

n Chris Rix, of Alpheton, won gold and set a new British record in the under-88kg class in Stoke Mandeville, lifting a personal best of 117kg to knock fellow Suffolk Spartans teammate Robert Hubert off top spot.