Adam Alderman is aiming to put a traumatic past nine months behind him as he sets his sights on IPC Powerlifting Championship glory early next month in Dubai.
Representing Great Britain at the championships, taking place from April 5, will come as a fitting reward to the Sible Hedingham-based ace having fought his way back from a bad car accident in June that resulted in a broken collarbone and rib.
That gruelling road to recovery culminated in a stellar showing at the UK Championships in February of this year, where Alderman, despite not actually being fully recovered from his injuries, miraculously clinched gold in the 49kg weight category with a lift of 140kg.
That lift was enough to see Alderman surpass the 137kg qualification requirement for the World Championships where he will join the eight-athlete GB squad next month.
The Championships are considered as crucial for qualification for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio De Janeiro, a view shared by Performance manager Tom Whittaker.
“This is a very important event for the athletes,” he said. “They all hit the qualifying standard and shown they have the potential to compete on the world stage.”