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Alex Collier, a former Tameside College student is celebrating a top ten finish on his Commonwealth Games debut in weightlifting.

The 24-year-old, who trains at Triple X performance centre in Stalybridge, was representing team England at the prestigious competition, which concludes on Sunday 15 April.

After qualifying for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, he was awarded 10th place in the men’s 85kg section.

Alex said: “I’ve been battling knee injuries for the past couple of months but I wasn’t going to go down without a fight. I’m happy with the result considering the circumstances and I absolutely loved every second I was on the platform. The crowds were amazing.”

Alex is no stranger to big events, having previously competed at the Commonwealth Championships in India and Australia. The Commonwealth Games is the largest event to be staged in Australia this decade. Upon completion, it will have featured the largest integrated sports programme in Commonwealth Games history, comprising 18 sports and seven para-sports.

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