Gold for Tom

Tom Baty, who won four gold medals at the Special Olympics in Athens.
Tom Baty, who won four gold medals at the Special Olympics in Athens.
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WISBECH powerlifter Tom Baty made a clean sweep at the World Special Olympic Games, taking home four gold medals.

It was an amazing achievement for the 27-year-old athlete, who trained at Ironworks Gym in Wisbech.

Tom travelled to Athens to represent Britain in the 83kg Power Lifting class. Unfortunately, he was among the British athletes hit by a sickness bug prior to the Games that meant they missed the opening ceremony.

But he recovered in time to compete, although he lost a significant amount of weight.

Up against some of the best strong lifters from around the world, Tom put in some tremendous lifting to win the gold medals in the squat lift, bench press and dead lift.

His final dead lift of 150kg secured him an overall score of 372.5kg, first place in his division and the overall gold medal to become Olympic champion.

Head Coach Gary Porter said: “This was as good as it could get in powerlifting. Thomas was unstoppable in the squat, bench and deadlift and deservedly took Gold overall for what was a phenomenal performance.”

Tom’s father, Richard, along with his mum Anne, brother and his girlfriend who travelled from America, went to Athens to support Tom, who has Down’s Syndrome.

Richard said: “We are so proud of Tom. He was magnificent and an inspiration to us all. The GB powerlifters all rose to the occasion and it is an experience we will never forget.

“Despite the difficulties the team experienced in Athens, they had a wonderful time. Tom is hugely grateful to all those who helped him realise his goal of attending the World Games.”