An Otley weightlifter scooped the gold medal in a national competition - just two years after taking up the sport.

Lee Lawson, 26, pictured, swept the field in the 75 kilo weight limit at the open competition in Scotland.

Lifting an average total weight of 325 kilos, Lee, who has Downs Syndrome, beat seven of his personal bests in the competition.

Step-dad John Yeadon, who travelled with Lee, said: "He's been working to this for two years and he was absolutely over the moon about it. He's taken to the sport like the proverbial duck to water, he's been a real star. If the audience is not giving him enough applause he lets them know - he likes to hear the crowd."

Lee trains twice at week at the DNA Fitness and Leisure Centre in Kirk Lane, Yeadon, and once a week at Armley Prison in Leeds, where the Yorkshire power lifting team is based.

In addition to his personal success, the team managed to win 19 medals in other weight categories.