Micky Yule

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Michael Yule
Powerlifter Mikey Yule at the 2014 Invictus Games.jpg
Yule after winning gold at the Invictus Games
Personal information
NationalityBritish
Born (1978-12-24) 24 December 1978 (age 41)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Sport
Coached byTom Whittaker (national)
Neil Crosbie (personal)
Achievements and titles
Paralympic finals2016 Rio

Michael "Micky" Yule (born 24 December 1978) is a British Paralympic powerlifter competing in the -80 kg class.

Personal history[edit]

Yule was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1978.[1][2] He grew up in Wallyford, Midlothian.[3]

Yule joined the British Army at the age of 17 and in 2007 he was working as a diving instructor at the Defence Diving School on Horsea Island, Port Solent, for three years before being posted to Afghanistan.[4] In Afghanistan he was a staff sergeant in the Royal Engineers and was posted to Helmand province.[5] In March 2010, whilst on patrol, Yule stood on an IED.

Powerlifting career[edit]

Yule was a member of the Army weightlifting team before his injury, and took up powerlifting as part of his rehabilitation. [1] In 2012 he attended his first competitive powerlifting games, representing Great Britain at an international event in Cardiff.[1] He then took part in his first major international competition, the European Championships where he finished fourth in the 72 kg category.[1] This was followed by a trip to Dubai to take part in the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, finishing fourth in his division. 2014 also saw Yule compete at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, competing for Scotland in the Men's +72 kg division. He finished fourth.

In the build-up to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Yule started to find competition success. At the 2015 European Championships in Eger, he took the gold medal in the men's 80kg category. He followed this with another gold, this time at the 2016 Invictus Games, lifting a personal best of 190 kg to dominate the competition.[5] His results saw him named as part of the Great Britain team that would compete in Rio that Summer.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Yule, Micky". IPC. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Eger 2015: Powerlifting - Entry List by NPC" (PDF). IPC. p. 2. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Micky Yule crowned European champion". East Lothian Courier. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Soldier loses legs in Afghan blast". portsmouth.co.uk. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Paralympian Micky Yule wins Britain's first Invictus Games gold medal". edinburghnews.scotsman.com. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Paralympic Games: Great Britain's team for Rio 2016". BBC Sport. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.

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