Powerlifter Paul McLaren who will represent Ireland on Friday in Sweden
A Clonmel based powelifter Paul McLaren will represent Ireland on Friday in Sweden in the first masters International Powerlifting Federation European championships.
He will compete in his 66 kilo category in Helsinborg on Friday at around 3pm .
He is married to Clonmel woman Sandra(Connolly) who will be watching Paul lift via a link to the venue from their home in Clonmel on Friday afternoon with their two sons ,seven year old Conor and nine year old Sean who will leave school early to see the event.
Paul, who put in a seventeen week preparation for the event, trains at the Elevate gym in Clonmel and he thanked brothers Luke and David Kelly for their support leading up to the championships.
A Tyrone man Paul has already represented Ireland in the world championships held in Minsk, Belarus.
On this occasion he is part of a five strong Irish masters team competing in the European championships.