A freak accident has ruined Portree power lifter David Hearn’s chances of gaining even more world titles
At the age of 76, David was already a European champion and held three world records in power lifting before, in June of this year, taking part in World Drug-Free Power Lifting Federation’s Single Lift Championship where he became world champion in his age bracket in the squat and dead lift events.
However, any hopes he had of taking another title at the World Championships to be staged in Italy in November have been dashed by an incident closer to home.
David said: “I was felling a tree and just didn’t get it quite right so it caught me a glancing blow as it came down and I then fell heavily onto a tree stump.”
The result of the incident was that David was left with broken ribs and his preparations left in ruins for the Italian event.
He added: “It’s just one of those things but things are slowly getting better and I’ve set my sights on being fit enough to take part in the UK Masters which take place early in December.”
Meanwhile a summer cold is not helping his recovery. He said: “After you have broken your ribs, the last thing you need is to cough and sneeze!”