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Cumbrian powerlifter provides strength for people with mental health issues

A Cumbrian strongman is helping to provide strength for people in the county with mental health issues. Scott Squire has represented his country at powerlifting... but he's now training to become a full-time mental health nurse, as well as an ambassador for the charity MIND.

Scott says removing the stigma surrounding conditions like anxiety and depression could save lives.

Ryan Dollard caught up with him for our latest report as part of Mental Health Awareness Week:

A spokesperson from the charity MIND, also explained more on what being a Time To Change champion entails:

WATCH: Powerlifter selected for Great Britain team after shedding 11 stone

A powerlifter from Carlisle has been selected for the British team for the World Championships just nine months after beginning to train competitively.

Scott Squire's achievement is even more remarkable than it seems. A year and a half ago he feared for his life after being diagnosed with an enlarged heart and pulmonary embolism. Since then he's shed more than ten stone and is looking forward to a brighter future. Ryan Dollard went to see him train.


Dumfries powerlifter takes home British title

A powerlifter from our region has been selected to represent Scotland at this winter's Commonwealth Championships.

Stuart Jamieson broke three national records on his way to winning the British title at the weekend.

An impressive achievement in itself, stunning when you consider that Stuart was never expected to see his third birthday and was told he would never walk after being born with multiple disabilities.

Ryan Dollard reports:

VIDEO: Dumfries powerlifting champion in action

Stuart Jamieson's journey to become a British powerlifting champion is all the more remarkable because of his medical history.

Stuart was born with Spina Bifida, Scoliosis, Kyphosis and Diastematomyelia - all conditions that meant that his parents were told that he would never walk.

However, through the sheer determination of Stuart and his parents, they worked to ensure his medical conditions would not stop him from leading a full life.

Stuart now competes against, and beats, able-bodied athletes and became a champion in the British Powerlifting Championships in October of last year.

He has now been selected to represent Scotland in the Powerlifting Commonwealth Games in December of this year.

Watch Stuart in action below:

Miracle man to represent Scotland at Commonwealth Championships

A man born with Spina Bifida who doctors said would never walk has become a British Powerlifting Champion and been selected to represent Scotland in the Commonwealth Championships this winter.

Stuart Jamieson from Dumfries is now trying to raise the £3,500 he needs to travel and says he is proof that disability does not have to be a barrier to success.