DEAN BOWRING shrugged off a tough 2011 as he lifted his spirits with a stunning Commonwealth title success.
The Gosport powerlifter surprised himself with his form at the event in Bournemouth, picking up four gold medals, the overall Champion of Champions trophy and setting a new record in the process.
Struggling for form going into the event, and with the weight of home expectation on his shoulders, Bowring flourished.
‘I lifted really well, better than I could have expected,’ he said.
‘I’ve not been in great shape pretty much all year.
‘It’s been a bit of a downer of a year, so it feels brilliant to have achieved this.
‘It was a really enjoyable competition and great to lift so close to home.’
Bowring, 37, won the super heavyweight class with a squat of 407.5kg, a bench press of 290kg and a dead lift of 355kg giving him a total of 1,052.5kg – a new Commonwealth record.
That success also proved enough to make him the overall winner in front of a large home following, who attended the event at the university in Bournemouth.
Bowring added: ‘There is a special formula called Wilkes where they calculate the weight lift against your body weight and come up with an overall winner.
‘I won that which made me Champion of Champions and I was presented with a big cup at the closing banquet.
‘The university were great hosts and I felt good being on home soil.
‘People from my local gym came to watch and my family were there to support as well, so that really spurred me on.’
The 2009 World Champion is now twice king of the Commonwealth but making that an impressive hat-trick is something Bowring is not considering right now.
‘The next one is 2013 in New Zealand but that’s a long way off.
‘Last time I competed in the Commonwealths was in 2005 and I won that as well.
‘In 2009 the event pretty much clashed with the World Championships.
‘Both events were held in India but I couldn’t do them both.
‘There were 11 countries competing in the Commonwealths so obviously it is not quite as big as the Worlds which I won in 2009.’
Competition will be placed on the backburner for Bowring next year.
He is intending to focus on coaching and will be working from his training base in Gosport.
‘This was the last big international competition that I am doing for a couple of years,’ he said.
‘I’m doing a bit of coaching and will be concentrating on that.
‘I coach Marina Cornwall, who also won a Commonwealth title in Bournemouth, which she was delighted with.
‘I’m also coaching a couple of other guys in Gosport.’
Bowring has another big personal goal for 2012.
The super heavyweight lifter is keen to shed some pounds as he puts his long-term health to the top of his priority list.
He added: ‘I won’t be doing any travelling next year and I’m going on a big diet to lose 20kg.
‘That will take me from 140kg down to 120kg, which is still 19st, but it’s a big thing for me.’