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My name is Rich Willis. I'm 48 years old and have diastrophic Dwarfism and am 3 feet 8 tall.
Following years of surgery to save my legs, last year after my 6 year old daughter Cherry saw the paralympics powerlifting and asked if could do that. I immediately kicked an 8 year dependency on morphine based pain killers to take up Powerlifting.
In the space of a year I have set 2 British and one European Benchpress record and become Masters 2 British Raw Benchpress 52 kg class champion (able bodied competition)
I have been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Powerlifting Congress world Championships in Moscow in 5 weeks time and am raising funds to enable me to take my place.
My dream is to be selected for the Tokyo 2020 paralympics and if I raise more than my target I will be able to fund this journey into next year's competition cycle.
I am also using this experience to inspire others by giving talks in schools and organisations to help the next generation believe that they can try new things and challenge themselves perhaps when they feel or are told that they cannot or should not do things. to have confidence and belief in themselves.
Thank you for taking the time to listen to my story.
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