Trophy in honour of a bench pressing regular

21:26, Feb 04 2013

A bench press competition to be held in memory of Anthony "Tink" Matich will benefit the Northland Rescue Helicopter.

Tink, 19, was killed in a car crash in Dargaville on November 11 last year.

Brian's Gym and Fitness Centre owner Brian Froggatt says Tink was at the gym most days and the bench press was his favourite lift.

"He was a real inspiration to the other young guys in the gym," he says.

"He encouraged them to make really good progress and they still are in his name."

The Tink Matich Memorial Bench Press Contest will take place on February 9. Tink's parents are donating a trophy to the competition which will become an annual event. It is the first of up to five Northland Power Lifting Association competitions held each year.

Mr Froggatt says there has already been a lot of interest.

"We are looking to have some lifters from around Northland but would really like to drum up local interest," he says.

Entry is $10, lifting starts at 12.30. Registration is 11am, entry forms at the gym.

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