Kilmarnock mechanic eyes Commonwealth Games victory

QTS group heavyweight mechanic Craig Carfray will represent Scotland at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in the weightlifting category and has received sponsorship from his employer.

Craig, 30, has been training for nearly 20 years in his home town of Kilmarnock and has competed in events such as the Commonwealth Championships and other international competitions, representing Scotland and Great Britain.

Currently, he competes in the men’s 67kg category and is looking to break his personal best of 260kg, which he previously achieved at the 2014 Celtic Championships.

Looking forward to the Games, Craig remains focused on maintaining his strength and reducing his weight. He said:

“Right now my training is probably the best it’s ever been. I feel strong but I still have a few pounds to lose for competition. It’s all about consistency and maintaining your confidence, finding that balance between reducing body weight and maintaining strength is so important that you don’t want to cut too fast and lose strength.

“I feel good, I’m excited. The Commonwealth Games, as a multi-sport event, is truly the highest level at which you can compete for Scotland. It’s great to represent Scotland. I have competed all over the world, but never at the Commonwealth Games.

Craig added:

“QTS sponsorship has been amazing, it makes such a big difference in terms of physiotherapy, absence from work, things like that. It’s good to have QTS on board because I can be better prepared for the job. I have less to worry about in the future.Even the training kit they provided makes a big difference.

QTS Group Managing Director Alan McLeish said:

“What a fantastic achievement for Craig to represent his country at the Commonwealth Games. He has worked so hard over the past few years and so deserves his place in the Scotland squad.

“QTS is a big investor in sports and seeing one of our own reach their potential and have the opportunity to play even a small part in one of the biggest moments of their sports career is something. which really excites us.”

“The whole of QTS is behind Craig and we will definitely be cheering him on and wishing the Scotland team all the best for successful matches!”

The Commonwealth Games weightlifting events will take place from July 30 to August 3, 2022.

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