Chepa, 38, is a Ukrainian countrywide but life in Muxton in Telford and is a two-time benchpress world champion searching to make it a hat-trick of world crowns.
His concentration, even though, is on supporting the charity Elle’s Angels, a West Midlands based mostly charity who help people when their young young children are undergoing hardship.
Chepa’s tale is a exceptional one particular. The Cherkasy-born weightlifter, who has called Telford home for just about 20 yrs, admits he is missing on planning for tonight’s WDFPF Planet Benchpress Championship in France simply because he invested additional than a month on a rescue mission to preserve 6 customers of his relatives and mates from Poland, where by they had escaped war-torn Ukraine.
But Chepa, a deal negotiator in plumbing and heating, is concentrated on helping a different result in. He explained: “I was fortunate sufficient to have superior health and fitness where I could teach 7 times a week.
“But it really is a bit of lottery, raise silly weights, select up some injuries but I could even now walk – grind my human body to absolute failure. Even so I am however experiencing everyday living.
“But unfortunately my ex-schooling lover, Greg, experienced a disabled daughter Julia and I’ve realised how a lot stress that places on the loved ones.
“It manufactured me realise how privileged I am to have overall health at this stage and how regrettable the disabled young children are.”
Chepa will compete in the -90kg body weight classification and aims to bench 180kg, which is all-around 10kg limited of what he has managed before in aggressive motion.
He was earth winner in 2013 and 2018, also getting lifted resources for charity in the former.
The Telford lifter hopes to bag at the very least a bronze medal, but acquiring long gone from a household of a single to family of 7 and the charity on the forefront of his intellect – he understands winning is not everything.
“For them just about every working day is a struggle and I thought it was a great possibility to use this event to elevate funds for the charity,” he added.
“It is an eye-opener how they have to search at factors. We really should not count our blessings.
“Hopefully it make a disable child’s lifestyle a minimal brighter – I will not expect it to improve completely – but it could make somebody’s special working day, meal, consume, or maybe even remedy.
“It truly is a modest charity, they only endure on donations, it can be actually supporting the youngsters and also the mother and father because I didn’t realise the tension on mom and dad to raise a disabled child.”
Chepa has currently raised far more than £1,100 for Elle’s Angels and hopes to thrust his whole additional. You can support him and the charity by viewing www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dan-chepa4