• Local man sets eyes on overseas event
By Jim Wallace

A Thomson man has his sight set on a weighty goal.
Mike Lloyd, an active veteran of the Air Force and Air Guard, has qualified for Global Powerlifting Alliance (GPA) World Powerlifting and Bench Press Championship in Sydney, Australia, Nov. 21-24.
Lloyd, who is a full-time technician with the Georgia Air Guard, also works part time as a personal trainer at the Family Y in Thomson. He is seeking help with expenses for the trip.
While a relative newcomer to competing, the 47-year-old has been around weights since he was 13.
“I’ve been in love with them from that day,” said Lloyd, who has been deployed six times, including Kuwait, Iraq and other places of turmoil. “Lifting has been one constant, among very few, in a world that’s always changing for me. I have had weights at every base I’ve been sent to, every deployment and everywhere in between.”
Diagnosed with panic and anxiety disorder, Lloyd, married and the father of three, is considered 90 percent disabled.

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