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World's strongest man at large!

09 October 2007

Forgemasters increases the strength of its team with the promotion of a former World's Strongest Man!

With a 66 inch chest and biceps to spare, strong man Jamie Reeves is a little larger than the average coded welder. Jamie, 45, from Totley, joined the forge team in the summer and has now been promoted to shift supervisor. 

Jamie's weightlifting days were at their peak in the late 80's when he claimed the title of the World's Strongest Man in the 1989 San Sebastian competition in Spain, beating Jón Páll Sigmarrson and Bill Kazmaier in the finals and knocking the defending British champion Geoff Capes out of the running in the qualifying rounds.  

He said: "There is obviously a world of difference between competing for world titles and the work I'm involved in at Forgemasters, but this is a great place to be and I am enjoying working with an excellent team."

Jamie's achievements also include five British titles and he has claimed the European title twice.  His last professional appearance saw him hailed as British Power Lifting Champion in 2000 where he broke the Commonwealth Bench Press record by lifting a whopping 601 lbs! 

He advises aspiring weightlifters to be aware of the commitment it takes to compete, he said: "Good Luck! It takes a lot of dedication."

Although Jamie has retired from professional competitions he still makes time for the gym to lift a few weights but prefers to spend his time with his partner Colette and daughter, three-year-old Issey May.