Name: Ben Watson
Place of Birth: Oxford
Weight Category: 94kg
Club: St. Birinus
Coach: Phillip Karlsson
On The Platform:
Greatest Achievement: "Competing for England at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games. Also at the Messzi Istvan memorial competition in Hungary in Aug 2010 I achieved a Snatch of 135kg which was a 9kg PB and a new British Junior Record."
Training Regime: "The focus of my training varies week to week. I train 9 times a week in line with the training program set up for me by my GBR head coach Tamas"
Who has been the greatest influence on you? "My coach at my local gym, Phillip Karlsson, has been my greatest influence."
When did you begin lifting? "2002"
Why did you begin lifting? "The main influence was my friends who were already lifting at the time. Then the coach encouraged me to have a go, so I did."
Off The Platform:
Ultimate relaxation? "I like to play on my PS3. Listening to the song 'Nude' by Radiohead too."
One thing you can't live without? "My iPhone"
Tip for the top? "Don't give up!!"
Life after lifting? "I have always thought I would like to get into coaching after I've finished lifting. It seems like a natural progression."
Describe yourself in 3 words... "Tall, competitive & friendly"
Sports team: "Newcastle United FC"
Films: "Snatch, Gladiator, any of the Bourne films or anything with Jason Statham fighting."
Band/Music: "Muse, Arcade Fire, The Rakes (R.I.P.)"
Food: "Bovril to eat or drink and Chinese!"
Drink: "Milk / Frijj milkshakes."
What's the last book you read? "Jenson Button - My Championship Year."