Chris Morgan is the current Gay Games Powerlifting Champion, but a year of injury and illness had put his title, and even his career, in doubt. Now he has won a bronze medal at the European Drug Free Championships, lifting 580 kilos in the course of the event and successfully qualifying for the World Championships later this year. In addition to being an inspirational gay athlete and proud role-model within the community, Chris is also a long-time RealJock friend, so we‘d like to congratulate him, and hope that this signals a permanent comeback.
Chris won his bronze medal lifting in the 82.5 weight class in the European Drug Free Championship, held in Kohtla Jarve in Estonia where he made lifts of 217.5 kilos in Squat, 112.5 kilos in Bench Press and 250 Kilos in Deadlift. This gave him an impressive overall total of 580 kilos. With those numbers, he not only took bronze, but also made the qualification standard for this year’s World Drug Free Powerlifting Championships where he will represent England, his home country. Chris has now competed on England’s behalf in the World Drug Free Championships on six occasions, taking gold, three silvers and two bronze medals across the European and World Championships.
Speaking about the competition, Chris said, “The last few months had been extremely difficult, with injuries leaving me without a qualifying total for this year’s World Championships. This competition in Estonia has helped me to overcome these problems and rediscover some of my form on the platform. I’m very pleased to have made the England team for another World Championship, but realize there is a serious amount of work to be done. It’s always an honour and a privilege to represent my country in international sport.”
Chris is representing far more than England when he competes. For many years, Chris Morgan has been an inspiration in gay sports. Sponsored by Umbro, he is one of the more public faces of gay athletics world-wide, and he spends a substantial amount of time on gay issues, for example as a member of the English Football Association's Advisory Group on Homophobia. But at the heart of his career have always been the World Gay Games. Chris started lifting in 1998, when a trainer in a gym where he was working out told him frankly that his lifestyle of partying and drug use was a waste of his physical potential. Chris cleaned up his life, and began lifting seriously. His competitive career swiftly took off, particularly at the Gay Games in 2002, where he won a gold medal, despite being relatively new to the sport of lifting (in regular life, Chris is a financial adviser).
Though he moved into regular competition after finding success in gay competitions, he has always returned to the Gay Games. In fact, he is the Gay Games record holder in the squat and the deadlift. Chris is also a member of the Board of Ambassadors for the Federation of Gay Games and the Gay Games in Cologne 2010. But his path to the next Games was put into doubt last year by an injury and and eventual surgery. It is welcome news to any supporters of gay athletics that he has come back so strongly this year. Commenting on his last year, Chris says, “I’d like to thank all my supporters and friends at the Gay Games for their support through my injury problems and take the opportunity to remind everyone of the Gay Games that are happening in Cologne next year.” We’ll see you there!