Jesse powering his way to world championships in Russia
DEDICATED Jesse McEwen is preparing to don the green and gold and show his strength against opposition from across the world.
The Byron Bay competitor will represent Australia in the International Power-lifting Federation ClassicPowerlifting World Championships in Russia.
Top lifters from across the world will compete, with contestants aiming for success as individuals and for their country.
McEwen, who will compete in the junior division, said he was excited about the challenge ahead.
"I am honoured to be representing my country," he said.
"It is something that I have wanted to do for a long time.
"I guess it is a great achievement and I am looking forward to it."
McEwen earned his berth at the tournament, which takes place in the eastern town of Suzdal later this month, after meeting qualifying marks and appearing at other top competitions.
The 23-year-old will line up alongside competitors from across the globe in the 105kg division.
Each contestant will undertake a squat, bench and dead lift, with three attempts at each.
As well striving for individual titles, entrants' marks will also count towards their country's overall performance.
McEwen took up the activity about five years ago but has been competing for only about a year.
The former footballer said he was enjoying reaching new heights.
"I guess it is just about pushing yourself," he said.
"When you reach a new plateau and get a new personal best, it is a good feeling.
"I guess if you have a plan and stick to it, you can achieve anything."
The trip will also take in sightseeing opportunities as well as the chance to learn from other top lifters.
McEwen, who stands about 1.76m tall and weighs about 104kg, combines daily training sessions with working at the Ballina-Byron Airport.
"I find motivation just through setting goals for the day," he said.
"I have good days and bad days, but it is just about building the momentum.
"The competition will be strong. I am not sure how I will go. I'm sure it will be a great experience."
More information on the sport is available at www.powerliftingaustralia.com