A VETERAN strongman has powered his way to a weightlifting world record at the age of 60.

Frank Sinclair set a new standard for powerlifting at the GPC-GB Scottish Championships.

He cleared an incredible 240kg in the deadlift over-60 age group to claim the latest title in a love affair with strength contests that dates back four decades.

Frank, who lives in Houston and works as a fork-lift operator with Bellway Homes Ltd (Scotland West) at the Rosemont Park development in Barrhead, has trained with some of the legends of the sport, such as Hamish Davidson.

He started lifting more than 40 years ago and trains three times a week to maintain the strength of his 52-inch chest and 19-inch arms.

Frank’s success at the GPC-GB Scottish Championships, held in Clydebank, was a return to form for the three-time world champion.

Although he has amassed 29 Scottish Championship titles over the years, he hadn’t competed since 2015.

Frank said: “I got the world record for my age group but I was a little bit disappointed as an earlier lift of 250kg was overruled.

“However, I know it is still a great achievement for a man of my age, especially as the gyms were closed during lockdown, which made it harder to train.”

Frank was supported in his comeback effort by Bellway, which donated money so he could buy a new deadlift suit.

“I am really lucky in that everyone at Bellway is so encouraging about my powerlifting,” he added.

“I hadn’t competed for six years and they helped give me confidence to take part again and all the guys on site have been congratulating me on my success.”

Andy Borland, construction director for Bellway Homes Ltd (Scotland West), described Frank as “an incredible athlete.”

He said: “We are so pleased for Frank, who applies the same dedication and hard work to his daytime job as he does to his lifting.”