A British para-powerlifting athlete, who is supported by Help for Heroes, set a new personal best on the international platform on Thursday (26th November) on his way to European gold at the IPC Powerlifting European Championships in Hungary.
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Micky Yule put in a superb performance on day three of the championships to see off the challenge posed by two high-calibre Russian athletes in the 80kg weight class; producing three successful presses including a new best in international competition of 193kg on his third and final effort.
The gold medal means that Micky now sits 6th on the rankings table ahead of a Paralympic year. In order to qualify for Rio 2016, athletes must meet the IPC Powerlifting Paralympic Minimum Qualification Standard (MQS) for their respective weight category; the top eight ranked male athletes and top six ranked female athletes in each weight category as of 29 February 2016 will be awarded places at next summer’s Paralympic Games.
A former Staff Sergeant, Micky served with the Royal Engineers, losing both of his legs above the knee when he stepped on an IED in Helmand Province in 2010.
Micky was a part of the Army powerlifting team pre-injury, and has used the sport as a huge part of his rehabilitation and recovery, culminating in a fourth place at the Commonwealth Games and gold at the Invictus Games last year.
The support provided to Micky forms part of the Help for Heroes’ partnership with British Weightlifting and the British Paralympic Association to introduce military personnel and veterans to Paralympic Sport.
Jayne Kavanagh, who heads up Help for Heroes’ Paralympic pathway added: “This is a fantastic result for Micky ahead of the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016. Sport is a huge part of the recovery journey for an individual, providing a sense of purpose to achieve. Micky has a huge amount of talent, we’re delighted to support him and we can’t wait to see him progress even further.”
British Weight Lifting Paralympic Performance Manager Tom Whittaker said, “With competition for Rio extremely competitive our athletes are fully aware of the hard work in training and competition that is required to give them the best possible chance of qualifying.
Micky has fully embraced the challenge and continues to save his best for when it matters. His time with strength and conditioning coach Neil Crosbie, who was worked closely both with Micky on an individual basis and the World Class Programme as a whole, has been of huge benefit and really helped develop his power for competition.
Micky has now set new personal bests on the international platform in two significant events, first at the IPC Asia Powerlifting Open in July and now in Hungary, to cement a top 10 ranking position and leave him ideally placed for 2016."