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Lee Hyne overjoyed with success of Brandon and District Powerlifting Club following record achievements





A Suffolk coach is overjoyed with the success of his powerlifting club after achieving a number of world records.

Lee Hyne, 57, founded the Brandon and District Powerlifting Club in 2012 and has seen it grow from strength to strength over the last decade, producing more than 40 national and international champions.

Five members of the club recently attended the British Drug Free Powerlifting Association (BDFPA) Championships in Lincolnshire and all of the lifters came first in their respective class and weight categories.

Brandon and District Powerlifting Club coach Lee Hyne with team member Christine Weetman. Picture: Lee Hyne
Brandon and District Powerlifting Club coach Lee Hyne with team member Christine Weetman. Picture: Lee Hyne

Lee, who lives in Brandon and is coach at the powerlifting club, said: “It was a tough but an incredibly enjoyable weekend.

“All the team did really well. We achieved some world records and now we have at least 50 national and international records through this club, so I’m absolutely delighted and really proud.

“We’ve been so successful and sometimes I have to pinch myself because we have achieved more than we ever thought we would.

Lee and competitors from the club at the BDFPA Championships in Lincolnshire. Picture: Lee Hyne
Lee and competitors from the club at the BDFPA Championships in Lincolnshire. Picture: Lee Hyne

“We’ve held world championships at our club and a lot of our lifters have become world champions and broken world records. It’s an amazing feeling honestly.”

Lee is also a powerlifter and has been undefeated in his age and weight class since 2017 for the squat, bench and deadlift categories.

He is semi-retired but currently describes himself as a wellness coach rather than a personal trainer as he helps people outside of getting fit, with issues such as eating problems and anxiety.

Lee has been undefeated in his age and weight class for seven years
Lee has been undefeated in his age and weight class for seven years

After converting his garage at home into a ‘powerpod’, Lee now has 28 regular clients who he trains and has encouraged people to try out powerlifting as the club aims to keep moving forwards.

“Our goal is to carry on bringing new people through as absolutely anybody can do this sport and I’d really encourage people to try it out”, he said.

“Our youngest member is 14 and our oldest member is 74. Katie is 15 and quite a little person yet she’s genuinely incredible.

“Christine started competing a few years ago after experiencing anxiety. She now loves the sport, it changed her life and now she has broken two world records and given her a new-found confidence.”

Veteran George Byng is 87 years old and has been weightlifting since the age of 15. Picture: Lee Hyne
Veteran George Byng is 87 years old and has been weightlifting since the age of 15. Picture: Lee Hyne

Brandon and District Powerlifting Club meets on a Monday evening, Wednesday evening and Saturday morning at Brandon Leisure Centre.