South Congaree resident wins St. Jude’s powerlifting competition

Spartanburg, SC (Connor Radtke) - Recently, South Congaree resident Bob Porter competed in and won the 40th anniversary St. Jude’s bench press competition at the Nautilus Fitness Center in Spartanburg, SC. Porter is an ex D1 collegiate athlete for both Campbell and East Carolina Universities (ECU). After accomplishing the win, Porter said that he really enjoyed being back in the gym. At 50 years old, he said it can be hard to find a good competition sport. He also said that with his, “Old man strength,” he was able to lift 345 lbs. on the bench press. This was what allowed him to become the 220 lbs. weight class champion. Porter said the event really helped him become better known on the amateur lifting circuit and with networking both professionally and in the sport.

The competition itself was sponsored and funded by donors, and when all was said and done, the event was able to raise roughly $5,000 for the children of St. Jude’s hospital. According to their website, the mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of their founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.

In the future Porter plans on trying to sponsor a power lifting competition at a local gym for the community of South Congaree and its surrounding areas. Porter plans on being ready to push ahead with those plans in the next 2-3 months and would like to hold the first local event soon.

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