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Beloved Welsh powerlifter Phil Richard passes away at 52, leaving community ‘devastated’

The global powerlifting community is mourning the loss of Phil Richard, a revered figure who passed away just before his 53rd birthday. Hailing from Swansea, Richard made a lasting impact on the sport, winning the junior world champion title three times and the masters champion title four times. He began his journey in powerlifting at the age of 13 and quickly rose to set multiple world records, along with winning numerous European and British titles.

Despite balancing his career as a senior process technician in the mining industry, Richard secured an impressive 48 championships throughout his career. The Welsh Powerlifting Association expressed their deep sorrow, saying, “Phil Richard’s powerlifting journey spanned over four decades, marked by numerous victories across Welsh, British, European, and World stages. He was a true legend of the sport, earning his place in the British and European Halls of Fame, and becoming the first inductee into the WPA Hall of Fame. Phil’s lasting success reflects his dedication and love for the sport, as well as his willingness to support newcomers, especially in equipped lifting. Our thoughts are with Phil’s family and friends during this difficult time. Rest in peace Phil, your legacy lives on.”

British Powerlifting also paid tribute, saying, “We sadly bid farewell to Phil Richard, a dominant figure in national and international powerlifting for decades. A devoted father and teammate, Phil’s passing leaves a significant gap in the powerlifting community. Rest in Peace Phil, may your achievements be remembered forever.”

International Powerlifting Federation president Gaston Parage acknowledged Richard’s impact on the sport, stating, “Phil, a stalwart of British Powerlifting and EPF, leaves behind a rich legacy as a proponent of equipped powerlifting. His friendly nature and popularity within the powerlifting community mark him as an irreplaceable loss.”

Jo Whiteley, a six-time IPF masters world champion, shared fond memories of Richard, describing him as a guiding light for many aspiring lifters. Despite his modest stature, Richard’s vibrant spirit touched the hearts of all who knew him. Survived by his daughter and two sons, Phil leaves behind a void in the powerlifting community that will be felt for years to come.