PETE Roberts aims to powerlift a major honour in the spring.
He returned to his sport after a 13-year absence and picked up a regional title.
Now he is aiming to be the best in Britain and believes he can break a record at the same time.
Roberts is 53 and will contest the British Masters Powerlifting Championships in the 75 kilo division as the North West champion.
It is proving quite a comeback after 13 years out of competition.
He quit aged 40 in protest after admin errors cost him a shot at the British open title.
He missed the sport, but persisted with his training at Dave's Gym, Northwich, until being persuaded to make a competitive return by clubmate Paul Morris.
Now he has a chance of a British title denied him in 1993.
A supervisor with the Arriva bus company at Winsford, Roberts lives at Carlton Road, Northwich. He competes un-equipped, that is without a body belt.
He said: 'The North West is a big event and I should have qualified but they waived that requirement once they knew I intended going for the nationals.
'A week before the championships I checked the website and suddenly realised there were records I could break, according to the weights I'd done in training.'
Roberts set new records at squat of 160 kilos, deadlift 190k and overall of 445k, though he was denied a clean sweep when his 95k benchlift did not raise the mark.
He added: 'My training is in six-week cycles and I usually end up with that kind of total, though you never know what you will do on the day.
'In competition the weights are loaded for you, so you have longer to rest and are fresher.
'It takes a while for all the regional championship results to filter through so I don't know what I'll be up against at the Masters.
'But based on previous results I fancy my chances. The squat record is 170kilos and I know I can do better,' he said.
The squat record is 170k, deadlift 210 and the record total is 467½k.
Roberts, a former Sunday league footballer and badminton player, took up powerlifting 20 years ago. In the seven years until he retired he won 13 regional competitions and one national title.
'I am lifting more consistently now, think about it more and use a sports therapist and that helps me avoid injury,' he said.
'I sit behind a desk all day and before that I was sat behind the wheel of a bus. I am too old for football, but there are limits on powerlifting and people are competing in to their 60s.
'It is not boring. I get the same buzz as I got from football. I train seriously against my own records in the way a golfer tries to edge down his handicap.'