Kettering teacher is top of his class as he wins world powerlifting title

Stephen Fraher is a world champion!Stephen Fraher is a world champion!
Stephen Fraher is a world champion!
We have a world champion!

A Kettering teacher gave his rivals a lesson in lifting weights as he brushed aside the competition to be crowned a world champion.

Top powerlifter Stephen Fraher, who is assistant principal of Kettering Buccleuch Academy, took gold in the under-125kg raw category at the WPC World Championships this week.

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He flew out to Portugal for the event in Trofa and came up against competitors from Germany, Spain and Italy on Tuesday (November 16).

And after a gruelling day - where he didn't finish lifting until 11.45pm - he was crowned a world powerlifting champion.

He said: "The day was the most mentally and physically challenging event I have ever being involved in.

"The length of the event meant that any preconceived plans I had about weight I was going to lift had to be completely re-evaluated.

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"But in the end the lifts went well and I was able to come away with the best overall total for my category."

Mr Fraher, who is also a PE teacher at the Weekley Glebe Road school, equalled his total personal best of 732.5kg on his way to the title.

That total came after a best squat of 287.5kg, bench press of 160kg and deadlift of 285kg.

He first made headlines in 2019 when he was victorious at a strongest man event in Birmingham, flipping a 425kg tyre and completing 120kg stone lifts.

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Since winning the Birmingham event in 2019 Mr Fraher competed for several titles, coming 8th in Britain's Strongest Man this year in the <120kg category.

And he also took home the title at the BPU British Powerlifting Championships 2021 (<125kg) and WPC European Powerlifting Championships 2021 (<125kg).

After becoming world champion he added: "I must say a huge thank you to all my friends and family for supporting me to get here, in particular my wife and children.

"Without them I wouldn’t have been able to do this."