A TyneMet student has represented Great Britain in the International Powerlifting Federation World Championships in Prague.
Dan Sherman, 17, who has only been powerlifting for eight months, competed in the 74-kilogram sub-junior category at the event in Prague.
Sherman, who is studying TyneMet’s partnership course with Active Northumberland at Cramlington’s Concordia Leisure Centre – Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Sport, Leisure and Fitness Operations – trains with Parkhead Powersports Club at the Hirst Welfare Centre in Ashington.
He said: “Powerlifting is a very focused, committed sport, you have to have bags of self discipline because you’re only competing against yourself, its all about being strong as opposed to having a big muscle mass.
“Powerlifting is not just a sport, it’s a lifestyle and I’m very proud to part of it.”
Sherman finished eighth in his first international competition.
Parkhead Powersports Club’s Fred Mackenzie, a veteran weightlifter and two time Paralympics competitor, said: “We are working hard to secure powerlifting as a category in the Olympics, the popularity of the sport is increasing and recognition such as this is important to highlight powerlifting’s status.
“Dan is a very determined young man with a professional attitude and I know he will go far in whatever he decides to do in the future.”
Tyne Metropolitan College’s teacher in sport, John Harrison, said: “What a fantastic result for Dan, we’re all very proud of him at the college.
“Dan demonstrates a true passion for sport, which is also evident in his approach to learning.
“He’s done very well on the course so far and we wish him every success for the future in powerlifting and beyond.”