Two world titles for Sleights strongman

Paul Wheater takes the strain in the shotput
Paul Wheater takes the strain in the shotput
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PAUL Wheater of Sleights has had a good start in the British Masters heavy athletics season.

He competed in the World 56lb Championships at Derby on 21 April and won three gold and four silver medals.

The meeting included various hammer throwing and shot putting type events and two of his wins gave him World Champion status.

Earlier in the year, he achieved gold in the UK Strongest Man Throws Championship and in Heavy Weight Triathlon World Cup.

After setting records in shot putt and discus at what was then Whitby Grammar School and competing for the School in the County Championships, Paul didn’t throw for 38 years.

He started throwing again at meetings on Tyneside and still competes in the North East in the more familiar athletics events of shot putt, discus and hammer.

The heavy events tend to be dominated by athletes from Germany, Poland, Hungary and the Baltic States, so it makes a change for a Yorkshire man to break their hold.