Burnet deputy takes gold against odds

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Following his first powerlifting competition, just 16 months after suffering a fractured back, Jeremy Stewart shows off two first place medals he earned at the Annual Texas Police Games.

By Wayne Craig

Bulletin Sports

Burnet investigator Jeremy Stewart always knew he wanted to turn his everyday workouts into something bigger. He searched around and found that he had a love for the sport of powerlifting and it didn’t take long for his desire to compete to grow.

“Working out and staying in shape just comes with the job,” said Stewart. “Using that to compete makes going to the gym a little easier.”

So Stewart set his sights on competing in an annual powerlifting event featuring Texas police officers, but in February of 2016 lifting became the farthest thing from his mind.

During a police chase in Burnet County Stewart was involved in a terrible accident that left him with fractured vertebrae in his back. His plans of competing quickly changed to just recovering so he could return to his job.

It took the deputy six months to get his release and get back to his plan of action.

He started training with Burnet local, Rod Corbin, who graduated from Burnet High School in the late 80s. Stewart was quick to say his success is due in big part to his superior coach. Corbin, who has competed for years, boasts a National Championship as well as six State Championships in the sport.

So finally, after 16 long months of recovery and training, the stage was set in mid-June for Stewart to test his abilities against numerous other Texas police officers, and he more than rose to the occasion.

Stewart competed in the Category II, under 275 pound class, which featured the three most common lifts at a powerlifting event, squat, bench, and deadlift.

He got off to a good start in the squat with a 475 pound lift to put himself on the board. He backed that up with a 400 pound bench press, and capped his day with an impressive 525 pound deadlift.

His 1,400 pound total earned him the overall gold in his category.

He also collected a gold medal for the best bench in his class.

The two pieces of hardware seemed to only strengthen his will to lift.

Stewart is not only looking forward to lifting at next year’s Texas Police Games, he says he is currently training for a UTSA meet which will be held in San Antonio this December.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to train and compete. After receiving clearance I was only able to spend just over two months in the gym working for this first meet. I plan to use this experience to build on and continue to lift competitively,” said Stewart.

The concept of the Texas Police Athletic Federation was conceived in 1974 and the first competitions were held in Dallas in April 1975 under the name of The Texas Police Recruit Championships.

The Texas Police Games are held annually and are open to all sworn peace officers.

 

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