A father and son duo from Caerphilly have won titles at the Welsh Powerlifting Championships.
Dylan Davies, 47 and his son Geraint Davies, 23, impressed at the event in Cardiff on April 27.
Dylan, who works as a caretaker at the Twyn Community Centre, won the Masters One category at the competition.
Meanwhile, Geraint, who took up the sport when he was 18, won the under-74kg junior title, which he said “felt amazing”.
The pair have since been selected by the Welsh Powerlifting Association to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Powerlifting Games, which will be held in Newfoundland, Canada in September.
The sport consists of athletes lifting heavy weights. The winner is then determined by who can lift the heaviest weight.
Dylan took up the sport about six years ago and has since won five Welsh titles. He currently holds 20 powerlifting records.
Dylan said: “I was a bodybuilder for three years and I didn’t get very far, so I switched to powerlifting when I was 42. I won my first Welsh title after about two years.
“I’ve been all over the world since. I’ve been to South Africa, Czech Republic, Sweden and even Outer Mongolia.
“I want to be Masters world champion one day.”
He added:”Geraint started coming to the gym with me to help me train. He took it up from there and gradually got better.
“I’m very proud of my son winning his first title. I can’t think of any other father-son teams doing this.”
Geraint, who is an on-call firefighter at Caerphilly Fire Station, said: “Powerlifting physically prepares you. There’s a lot of heavy lifting involved in the fire service.
He added: “When I’m my dad’s age, I’ll beat all of his records.
“You become friends with people even though you’re competing with them.”
Dylan said: “One of the best things about powerlifting is the camaraderie between athletes. Everyone tries to help each other out.
“It keeps you physically strong and fit. You’ve got to lead a disciplined lifestyle to do it.
“Nutrition is a big part. You damage the body and you have to repair it. You can’t over-train. If you over-train, you go backwards.”
He added: “I’ve had a few injuries but powerlifting is a wonderful sport.
“Unfortunately it’s not as well funded in Britain as it is in countries like Ukraine, Russia and Sweden.”
“When I first started, powerlifting was small, but with television shows like World’s Strongest Man, it’s become a lot more popular.”
Dylan will be hoping to add to his success in July, when he will compete at the European Masters in Transylvania, Romania.