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By Mark Etheridge

Despite a training schedule shake up after the recent Mexico City earthquake South African para-power lifter Ricardo Fitzpatrick is on course to perform at the 2017 World Para Sports Festival in the Mexican capital.

The earthquake put a hold on the combined power lifting/swimming event, scheduled for early October but it’s all systems go three weeks out from the competition.

‘My training’s going very well and I’ve been lucky to have no injuries with my build-up towards Mexico City,’ Kimberley’s Fitzpatrick told Team SA website.

‘I’m looking at improving my current world ranking in the 88kg division which is 16th. I’m bench pressing three times a week now.

‘My best in competition was at the 2016 African Champs where I bench pressed 175kg and took gold but para powerlifting is a whole different ball game.

Fitzpatrick, who features in the latest Team SA magazine, continued: ‘Looking at the line-up in my weight category in Mexico City I’ll facing big names like Mathna Metwaly from Egypt who is is a three-time Paralympic champion at the 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

‘I’ll also be up against Brazil’s 2016 Rio Paralympic Powerlifting silver medalilst Evanio da Silva.

‘Right now before looking at medalling in Mexico City I’m looking at breaking the current SA para powerlifting record which I broke in Dubai earlier this year and getting a ranking in the top eight in the -88kg.’

Fitzpatrick’s training methods include a powerbooster slingshot to help him handle more weight in the bench press.

‘With the booster I do 220kg bench press just to feel a heavy weight which also shocks my nervous system,’ he explained.

‘I do five singles of that. I am training 5×5 without the powerbooster on 145kg towards 160kg. My PB in training is 160kg for five reps which I’m hoping to improve to 170kg for 5 before I head off to Mexico.’

Fitzpatrick, who turns 37 later this year, but still feeling his best is still to come, was also at pains to appreciate the support that sponsorship affords him to live his dream.

‘Once again I’d like i give thanks to Remitto for giving me the opportunity to compete at the 2017 Mexico City Para Powerlifting World Championships.’

In the picture Fitzpatrick is seen lifting a mighty 190kg during training.


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