Ministry of Defence Police officers have been pitting their sporting skills against some of the best in the country and getting into winning ways…

Constable Claire Stott-Barrett acquitted herself well in the competition last year to find Britain’s strongest police officer and discovered that, for her, competitive powerlifting is her favoured sport. She said: “I made the leap and entered my first powerlifting competition, the PSUK Powerlifting Championships in Glasgow, where I turned up on my own, full of trepidation and nerves.

“But I needn’t have worried, I discovered powerlifting is a community, total strangers screaming your name and encouragement when you are on the lifting platform, everyone, even your competitors wanting you to succeed. I am a novice, but found that everyone was friendly, helpful and supportive.”

At the presentation dinner, Mikey Yule, British Paralympic Powerlifter, gave the address and handed out the awards. Claire won her weight category and achieved the British Championships qualification requirement. “I entered the Scottish Championships, which helped give me more competition experience and was delighted to improve on all my lifts, achieving second place in my weight category.

“My overall total lifted at both competitions has resulted in qualification for the British National Full Power Championships held in July 2019 in Edinburgh. I also contacted the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation and my application to enter the European Full Power Championships, held in April 2019 in Suffolk, has been accepted.”
Police Sergeant Simon Amery took part in the British indoor rowing championships in December 2018 at the Lea Valley Velodrome, entering the over 50 lightweight category which is for competitors under 75kg. He said: “I’m pleased to say that I gained a silver medal in the 2 kilometre race with a time of 6 mins 42 seconds. Last year I competed in the lower age category and came fifth, so I was pleased to have moved up.

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