A City of Glasgow College student is heading to Boston next month to compete among the international elite at the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation Championships.

18-year-old Charlie McGonigle, who has been powerlifting since the age of 11, has set his sights on bringing home a trophy as well as beating his hero, Game of Thrones star Hafþór ‘Thor’ Björnsson, an Icelandic professional strongman, actor, and former professional basketball player.

Charlie has overcome many challenges in life and is currently studying Sport and Fitness in the college's new state of the art City campus. He said: 

“I’m very happy to be competing in the world championships as I come from a children’s care home background and to win would be a dream come true.  At the age of 11, I was moved into care but I knew I wanted to do something with my life and one of my carers suggested I have a look at powerlifting, I haven’t looked back.”

Iain Houston City of Glasgow College Fitness Curriculum Head said:

“We all wish Charlie and the other lifters the very best of luck on the weekend of 3rd November. It is such a great opportunity. He is very committed to his course, indeed he is class Rep, and is already proving to be a very focused student so Charlie will no doubt smash it in Massachusetts.”

Charlie started training for the competition 15 months ago and not only took the British title for his age and weight in February 2017, he has also racked up world records with his lifts.

He will be joined by four other lifters from his local gym in the east end of Glasgow at the Championships. Charlie added:

“We’re all really confident we are going to bring home the gold in the age and weight classes we’re in. It’s great to know that my friends and lecturers at college are rooting for us too.”