Mickey powers his way to gold medal

Powerlifter Micky Yule struck gold in Mexico.
Powerlifter Micky Yule struck gold in Mexico.

Wounded ex-serviceman, Micky Yule, of Nocton, won gold in the Open Men’s up to 65kg category in the IPC Powerlifting Americas Open Championships in Mexico City on Monday.

Representing Great Britain, Micky lifted 177kg to secure the gold medal, finishing 26kg ahead of Brazilian silver medallist Alexsander Whitaker.

He did attempt a lift of 183kg, but that proved a little too much.

A former Staff Sergeant serving with the Royal Engineers, Mickey lost both of his legs above the knee when he stepped on an IED in Helmand Province.

He was part of the Army powerlifting team and has used the sport as a huge part of his rehabilitation and recovery, and in the process he finished fourth at the Commonwealth Games and took gold at last year’s Invictus Games.

Mickey is supported by the Help for Heroes’ Sports Recovery programme and he is full of praise for the work of the charity.

He said: “Help for Heroes have supported me from day one. Civvie gyms don’t have the weights I need, or the adapted benches to lift them on, so without the grant from Help for Heroes for the right equipment, I wouldn’t be able to set myself such high targets.”

Martin Colclough, head of sports recovery at the charity, said: “Everyone at Help for Heroes is hugely proud to work with Micky.”