The Shieldsman

A story of four young boys growing up in the tower block of flats in Percy Main in North Shields. the story follows them through to adulthood through mischief and lost innocence, love, tragedy, and finally triumph. If you remember what it was like growing up as a child then this story is definitely one for you.


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The Michel Arena was packed with spectators for the final of the 110 kg weightlifting final. All the competitors were going through their final preparations.

Joe Kimber went about his very quietly; he spent a good half hour stretching his muscles out before going into the warm up room and began the warm up with Gary Langford his coach.

The Clean and Jerk consisted of two movements. The clean; which was to pick up the bar from a squatting position and then bring it onto the shoulders. The fingers must be pointing behind the head for the jerk. Then gripping the bar the lifter uses both his arms and his legs. As he pushes up with his arms, the feet are thrust apart then brought together in one continuous motion. The lifter must hold up the weight with both arms locked out until he gets three white lights to signify that it is a good lift before dropping the bar holding the weights.


Joe was first up and he told Gary that he wanted a big opening lift so it would shock the others who had to lift more if they were to stay in the competition.

Gary said that it was a risky move but one worth taking.

Joe was about to clean and jerk 225 kg.

Joe got his mind focussed his walked onto the stage where a lot of the British team had come to support him even though Joe had kept himself to himself.

They knew how important it was. Four years of sacrifice for this very moment and a chance of rewriting the history books.

Joe quietly powdered his hands then walked up to the bar in mental preparation.

Then he gripped the bar, he planted his feet turning them in and out to make sure that he had the grip on the floor then he squatted down and pulled up to his thighs then got the weight onto his shoulders. He counted to five in his head then pushed and split his legs and feet then when the bar was up brought them together. The crowd cheered knowing they were watching something special.

The buzzer went and he got the three white lights. He dropped the bar then waked off the stage via a small flight of stairs. Gary slapped him on the back.

“Great lifting my friend. That was a perfect execution.’

Joe went straight into the warm up room.

Both Yuri Vlasov and Pyross Dimas failed to lift 225 kg now it was Paul Anderson’s turn. He had great support from his team mates and the Canadian crowd but he couldn’t lift 225 kg after his third attempt; he walked away disappointed.

Earnest Cadine failed also at 225 kg which left Alekeyev of Russia and Sememedzhiev of Bugaria left in the competition.

The Bulgarian prowled around the stage he had to lift 232 to stay in the competition.

He dropped the bar on his first attempt and threw his hands in the air as a sign of disgust.


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