Alan Lewis still going strong at 83

ALAN Lewis is one of the strongest 83-year-olds in Australia and he has a national title to prove it.

The Rockingham senior took up weightlifting only eight years ago and since then has won five State weightlifting titles, a National Title and an Australian Masters Title.

Not only does the sport keep Mr Lewis fit and active, he claims weightlifting saved his life.

After being knocked about by several cancers, Mr Lewis was weak and needed to regain his strength.

His son was a weightlifter and suggested Mr Lewis go down to the gym and give weightlifting a go.

“I first started when I was 75,” he said.

“In those days the gym was in a place we called ‘the Bronx’.

“We used to do gardening for the neighbouring car yards to pay for our weights.

“It’s like a family; we are always laughing and joking.”

Mr Lewis still trains at his local gym, Olympifit in Rockingham, under the watchful eye of head coach Bob Pavone.

“I absolutely enjoy it,” Mr Lewis said.

“It motivates me, keeps my mind occupied and gets me out of the house.

“It also keeps my bone structure stronger.”

He trains three times a week at the gym, along with additional training at home.

Mr Pavone has been involved with Olympic weightlifting since 1972.

“Our youngest member is five and Alan is the oldest,” he said.

“If you fit in between those ages we’ll take you.

“We are working with Alan at the moment to train him for the championships in New Zealand next year.”

Mr Lewis said there many years of lifting ahead of him.

“I can keep lifting forever,” he said.