PMB’s power man selected

2016-08-17 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Darien Bester has been invited to compete in the Global Powerlifting   Committee World Championships in Serbia next month.

PHOTO: supplied Darien Bester has been invited to compete in the Global Powerlifting Committee World Championships in Serbia next month.

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PIETERMARITZBURG’S powerlifting enthusiast, Darien Bester, has been selected to participate in the Global Powerlifting Committee World Championships in September in Knjazevac, Serbia.

Bester, who matriculated from Maritzburg College in 2012, has always been passionate about gym and watched the Olympic weightlifting. His first non-official competition was in 2013 - his first official competition was in November 2015.

“My parents brought home a small gym set-up. I developed a passion for it from watching YouTube. Then the gym I was at then, held a small in-gym competition so I competed in that and it’s been love ever since,” he said.

He said the lifestyle of a close-knit community and comradery that powerlifters share is unique.

“The beauty of powerlifting is that anyone can compete and everyone can get stronger, but to be a good one you need to be mentally strong to get through training. “Dedication and being open to new training ideas is vital to allowing the athlete to achieve longevity in the sport. Even though you have smaller goals you can achieve, you can always get better.”

Bester trains between two to three hours, three to six times a week and is a full-time UKZN Pietermaritzburg student completing his honours in biological sciences.

He lives up to his favourite quote “you only ever truly fail when you give up” when he broke his squat record this year in the national competition.

“It was a sticking point that I have been dealing with for nearly a year.”

His dedication and expertise in the sport has secured a place for him to compete in the GPC World Championships from 19 to 24 September.

He is looking for sponsors to help raise the funds for him to compete - the trip will cost R45 000.

For more information or to contribute towards his trip,

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