Further Personal Information
||Crystal Palace, ENG
||Civil Engineering - University of Brighton: Brighton, ENG
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He took up weightlifting at the age of 11.
|Why this sport?
||His physical education teacher at the Bethnal Green Technology College was George Manners, who competed in weightlifting for Great Britain at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. Manners shared some of his competition experiences and inspired him to try the sport.
|Name of coach
|Coach from which country?
||He trains at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, doing four or five training sessions per week.
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Representing England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (Atesh Productions, 14 Apr 2011)
|Most influential person in career
||Coaches George Manners and Keith Morgan. (CreativePartnerships, 12 Sep 2008; Atesh Productions, 14 Apr 2011)
||He strained a ligament during a warm-up session at the 2011 World Championships in Paris. (yourlocalguardian.co.uk, 24 Nov 2011)
A back injury interrupted his training in early 2008. (bbc.co.uk, 13 Mar 2008)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"I'm not a team player, if I lose something, the only person I can blame is myself. I've never been keen on losing and having to rely on other people, I always wanted to be an individual and win." (CreativePartnerships, 12 Sep 2008)
||He is related to two-time Olympic medallist and 1987 world champion javelin thrower Fatima Whitbread. (bbc.co.uk, 13 Mar 2008)
||To compete at the 2012 London Olympic Games and win a medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. (CreativePartnerships, 12 Sep 2008; Atesh Productions, 14 Apr 2011)
He is of Turkish-Cypriot descent. (standard.co.uk, 08 Jan 2008)