Marcus Thornton

Bench Presser
Inspirational Award

Marcus became involved in powerlifting in 2021.  He started training just to get fit but found that he really enjoyed weightlifting and the regime that came with it, becoming very committed and determined to improve his physical health and performance.  His coach has helped Marcus to find a new passion and love for a sport that he never knew existed, developing his knowledge of the diet including the diet and exercise required, as well as understanding how to get the best lifts.

He managed to place first in his weight class at his first bench press competition, and has since broken the Regional Bench Press Record  despite only being six months into his training, closely following on with his first Regional Power competition for Squat, Bench and Deadlift and placed first, breaking yet another record.

Marcus has since qualified for the British Bench Press Nationals and has been selected to represent Great Britain at the Worlds Classic Bench Press Championships which will be held at the end of May 2022.  This competition is the highest-level event an athlete like Marcus  can ever hope to compete in and will hopefully open many doors in his future powerlifting career.

He said upon receiving the award “This award will enable me to realise my dream of representing my country in the Worlds Classic Bench Press Championships held in Kazakhstan by funding my flight, equipment and entry fees.  I can’t thank the David Randall Foundation enough for their generosity and faith in my ability.  I hope to place at least second.  This is just the start of my journey with Power Lifting and this opportunity will help, support and launch my career in a way that I never dreamt possible.  I am totally committed and will continue to pursue my goals in this incredible sport”.

The DRF are keen to see how far Marcus will progress in his chosen sport and wish him the very best for the future.

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