Sgt Simon Lythgoe. Picture by Chris Cragg.
AN IW police officer enjoyed a silver streak at the World Police and Fire Games in Northern Ireland.
Sgt Simon Lythgoe, 40, of Cowes, competing for the UK and police was the IW’s sole representative at the competition, where he won two silver medals in the highly competitive weightlifting tournament.
At the Aurora Aquatic centre in Bangor, 300 committed weightlifters competed with strong representations from the USA, Finland, Germany and many eastern European countries, including Russia.
In the bench-press competition, for the heavier weights division, Simon secured a silver medal with a press of 215kg (nearly 500lbs) and only lost out to the Russian contender, who posted a world record.
Simon was unlucky not to go one better in the lift and pull with a combined total of 475kg, when his dead-lift matched that of the eventual winner who won, because he was 1kg lighter than Simon.
It was the first time Simon had entered a senior weightlifting competition. He said: "It was extremely tense and nerve wracking to perform under these strict conditions and in front of an audience, but what a wonderful sporting event.
"The environment was a tough one but it was also companionable and supportive and one from which I have now made many friends around the world."