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Chris has the power

STRONGMAN Chris McPhail proved he was the powerhouse at the Junior Armwrestling Championships at the NEC in Birmingham.
TOP MAN... Chris McPhail challenges Hyndburn team-mate Kyle Peace.

strongMAN Chris McPhail proved he was the powerhouse at the Junior Armwrestling Championships at the NEC in Birmingham.

The 16-year-old was part of a team from Hyndburn who took part in their first major armwrestling event and he came away with the top prize when he was crowned the Amateur British Junior Champion.

Andy Barker, World silver armwrestling medallist, and Elaine Pickup, former World Champion, began hosting training nights for Hyndburn Youth and Community Service in 2003 with the aim to discover the young armwrestling talent in East Lancashire.

Following on from two successful competitions at New Era Complex, the duo selected a team from Church, Oswaldtwistle and New Era Youth Groups, to represent Hyndburn in Birmingham.

And Christopher did his club New Era proud by bringing the title back to East Lancashire.

Along with several other promising junior armwrestlers, Chris is now training hard to represent his country in the 2006 World Junior Championships, to be held in Manchester.

The B.A.F. British Junior Championships Results

Boys 14 - 17 years: 1st Christopher McPhail; 2nd Rory Furley; 3rd Kyle Pierce; 4th John Paul Buck; 5th Ryan Chatwood; 6th Charlton Taylor; 7th Matthew Armstrong; 8th Jordan Evans

Girls under 14 years: 1st Hayley Dickenson; 2nd Jo Poole; 3rd Rosie Duncan; 4th Johanna Hindle; 5th Morgan Williams

Boys under 14 years: 1st Alexander Horne; 2nd Thomas Pickup; 3rd Robert Meekin; 4th Christian Stones; 5th James Beswick