AGE proved no barrier for veteran weightlifter Gwilym Parry as he starred on the world stage.
The 75-year-old bagged a silver medal in the 75-79 age group at the World Championships for veteran athletes in Eysines, Bordeaux.
Snatches of 38kg and 40kg plus clean and jerks of 48kg and 51kg secured silver for the Whitby pensioner whose final total lift was 91kg.
He said: 'I only moved up an age group this year.
'It gave me an opportunity to take on new opposition as I had found I was fighting to beat some of the younger competitors in my old group.
'Next year some of them will join me here but it is nice to get a change of scene.'
The championships lasted one week, with nearly 500 lifters between 35 and 85 years of age competing. Gwilym was beaten by 79-year-old André Deschaintres.
'It was a bit of a struggle for me to succeed as I only made four successful lifts out of six but I am very pleased,' added Gwilym.
'I got into bodybuilding when I was 16 but quit when I was 21. We didn't have good local facilities back then and the nearest clubs were in Manchester, a world way at the time.
'There was a converted barn near Chester I would work out in but I soon moved onto other sports.'
Gwilym's interest in weightlifting was re-ignited about 25 years ago when his son decided to take up the sport.
He added: 'I said I would train him and set about getting my coaching qualifications. During the process I took up weightlifting again and discovered that many of my training ideas were out of date.
'I had never won any competitions when I was younger but it was easier to get involved now so I began to compete and found I really enjoyed it.'
Gwilym has now won titles in Melbourne, Australia and Kefalonia in Greece and travels the world to compete.
'It gets harder with age, you don't recover from exercise or injury as quickly as when you were young,' he said.
'I am resting now ahead of the new year when I will be competing in the Northern Championships to qualify for the British Championships and possibly the Europeans in Cyprus come May.
'I am finding my retirement busier than my working life as I run sports sessions, including weightlifting, for youths.'
Gwilym runs his sports classes at the Oasis Club on Coronation Road.
The Lancashire and Cheshire Schools Championships will be staged at the venue on Sunday, November 12.