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World Police And Fire Games
A Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy gets ready for some "heavy" competition.
He's training to compete in the weight lifting category of the World Police and Fire Games. The Olympics for cops and firefighters open in Belfast, Northern Ireland next month.
As Local 12 news reporter Rich Jaffe shows us, Lee Edwards has a real "shot" at the title for a couple of reasons.
At 52 Lee Edwards is in better shape than a lot of men half his age. A Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy - 4 evenings a week lee trains at the Sweatt Shop in Blue Ash under the watchful eye of gym owner Shane Sweatt. "Makes me feel good about myself. Gives me that confidence that I can do just about anything." Edwards said
With 15,000 competitors headed to Ireland for the World Police and Fire Games Lee's bound to have some powerful competition. Lifting in the 220 pound weight category, Lee's plan is to benchpress 325 pounds and deadlift between 425 and 450! He also knows he's carrying something other than just his bags on this trip - he's carrying responsibility. Edwards said "When I go it's not just for myself, the sheriff's department, the state of Ohio, the United States."
Over 25 years of weight lifting Lee's had multiple injuries. He even has a fused shoulder. "Instead of rehabbing once an injury happens we do pre-hab every time he gets in the gym. So we do things to keep him from getting injured. We take a look at what could the problems be because of his previous injuries with his job and we try to counteract that with stuff that he does in here." Gym owner Shane Sweatt said.
Shane and his wife Laura know all about competing and winning. Laura holds multiple world records.Including a 540 pound bench press.
"The more stressful your job is or your life the harder it is to make gains in the gym. And that's what makes it really impressive for these police officers these athletes." Sweatt said.
When Lee Edwards is training here at the Sweatt shop Lee is the student and Shane is the coach. But during his day job Lee Edwards is the coach. Lee's not just a deputy. He's the Range Master for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. Making sure that everyone in the office, even the boss, knows how to get the best out of their weapons. And when he's in Ireland, this top shot will be passing out some very special gold stars to his fellow competitors at least those who are right on target.
"I'm ready to get there.I been training hard for a year in here with Shane and Laura I'm just ready to go." Edwards said
During the games in Belfast, competitors from around the world will take part in 56 different sports. This is actually lee's second time in the World Games. He also competed a number of years ago when the games were in Australia.
We'll let you know how he does.