POWER PLAY: Ron Birch in action at the world championships in Finland. Picture: RON?S POWER GYM
POWER PLAY: Ron Birch in action at the world championships in Finland. Picture: RON?S POWER GYM

Powerful enough for another silver

By RICHARD A FORBES, Star correspondent

RON BIRCH, a quietly spoken general assistant at Southern Cross K-12 School at East Ballina, has just returned from Finland, where he took a silver medal in the world powerlifting championships.

"Competition was pretty fierce, with contestants in my age group and weight division coming from around the world," Birch said.

"I've always found that if you compete for the enjoyment of your sport, you will achieve the best you can.

"For about 30 years, I've competed for enjoyment and this year I managed to again walk away with the silver ? not bad for an old bloke."

The 60-year-old said he competed in the same championships in California last year, where he also took silver.

He's now on a hat-trick next year, but perhaps he'll improve and take gold.

Securing numerous State age group medals and at least 10 national championship medals along the way, Birch trains at Ron's Power Gym at Lennox Head three or four times a week.

It's something he's done for 30 years, the past 10 years on the Far North Coast.

He also trains weight-lifters, some for fitness and others to become competitive at higher levels.



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