Precious - His Story

Olympic  &  Power Lifting Achievements

  •  9 times British Weight Lifting Champion 

  • 10 times British Power Lifting Champion

  •  5 times World Power Lifting Champion 

  •  8 World Masters Power Lifting Records
        1999- 200

  •  4 consecutive Gold Medals at the
        Commonwealth Games 

  •  Represented Britain in 3 Olympic Games:
        Mexico 1968, Munich 1972, Montreal 1976 

  •  Current World Masters Power Lifting

  •  Elected to the  World Hall of Fame for Power
        Lifting - Texas, USA

  •  Presented with an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II

  ...and there's more to come...         

  CLICK HERE for details of his latest awards

Other Qualifications

In 1971 Precious enrolled at Bisham Abbey, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, an academy for top sportspeople.
He graduated with a Bawla Certificate after a course concentrating on:

  • Anatomy

  • Kinetics

  • Mechanics

  • Physiology

Since then he has been working as an  international freelance consultant on back care injury prevention,  spreading his pain-saving message to both employees and management of companies concerned with workplace safety.
He has conducted seminars in
countries all over the world

Precious is an active member of the New Zealand Safety Council where he serves on the Advisory Panel.

        Precious is also a Champion Body Builder           
What better person to advise us on correct lifting techniques?

His Story                                  
Precious was born in 1936 in Durban (South Africa), the second youngest in a family of five. His father was killed hunting crocodiles shortly after he was born. Precious was a weak child, suffering many serious illnesses during his childhood. His mother was unable to cope, and Precious and his younger sister, Gloria, were put in welfare 'care' of a number of foster parents, several of whom treated them cruelly. He wanted to become a circus acrobat, and while training for his act, he developed a love of weightlifting. 

MBE Presented by HRM Queen Elizabeth II

He progressed rapidly and became recognized as the best lifter in his weight class in the Republic. But, due to apartheid, he could not represent South Africa, so he shifted to England.
He worked in a shoe factory in Northampton, applying later for citizenship. Due to his particular circumstances, this was not forthcoming, but then, on the eve of going to Canada, Dennis Howell (who was then the Minister of Sport and who  wrote the foreword to
"The Precious McKenzie Story" *), intervened and Precious was granted British Citizenship.
Two Champions - Precious with Mohammed Ali
     He then moved to Bristol, and graduated in Phys Ed from Bisham Abbey Academy, later emigrating to NZ. He won his third Gold Medal at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games, and his fourth consecutive Gold Medal in Edmonton, Canada.  Also in 1974 he featured on Thames Television's "This is your Life" show with Amon Andrews.  The same year Queen Elizabeth personally awarded him the MBE for his services to international weight lifting.

*("The Precious McKenzie Story" written by Marion Connock - published by Pelham Books)

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