Build Muscle. Get Strong. Inspire!
Cart 0

RIP Powerlifting Champion Peter Fiore

Strength Oldschool

RIP Powerlifting Champion Peter Fiore

Peter Fiore has died at the age of 74.

Peter Fiore was the Zambian light-heavyweight power-lifting champion. Only 1.63m tall, he was built like an ox and was immensely strong. In 1978 he became world powerlifting champion in the middleweight class“. ~ Barry Wills

 

The following news was given on 30 March 2014 by Ray Nobile…

It is with much sadness and regret I have to report Peter has died. Don’t yet have any details. However he was in London last week involved in organizing a coaching course and having a meeting with officials regarding the Commonwealth Games. Those of you who have read my life in the iron game, will know what a great competitor and friend he was to me. Peter may you rest in peace. I will miss you“. ~ Ray Nobile

 

Peter Fiore - Doug Edmunds - Vic Bryant - Barry Wills

Peter Fiore - Doug Edmunds - Vic Bryant - Barry Wills - 1971

The following info was provided by Ray Nobile and updated by Alan James...

The photo above has Peter on the left, next to him is Douglas Edmunds (passed away 2020) who went on to promote WSM contests. Photo taken at Peter's Chingola Gym, Zambia, in 1973, the same year the IPF was formed in the USA (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania). At these championships Peter and Edmunds lifted for Zambia as they both worked there at that time. As those of you that have been following my life story here on Strength Old school will know that Peter lifted for Great Britain after this. However later on in his lifting career he lifted for Australia, where he emigrated to in 2002. So he has represented 3 different countries at world level. That’s what I call a true International athlete. As Peter is of Italian anscestry, he used to joke that if we were ever dropped from the Great Britain team, then we could always lift for italy“. ~ Ray Nobile

 

Peter Fiore: In memory of a powerlifting gentleman.

Article by Magnus

Peter Fiore was one of the few constants in powerlifting. He was there at the beginning of the IPF (International Powerlifting Federation) in 1973. In his more than forty years in powerlifting he immersed himself in every aspect of this sport of the super strong: IPF representative for Africa, elite-level lifter winning multiple British, European and World Championships (at a time when being World Champion was an undisputed title); assisting and coaching other lifters to greatness (Ray Nobile benefited from Peter’s coaching in some of his contests); organising and administrating contests; and winning Masters World Championships and setting masters world records in the over -70s age division.

Peter moved around quite a bit having been born in Aldershot, England, then moving to Africa and later in life, migrating to Australia where he became a masters lifter.

If you want an idea of what Peter was like I refer you to Ray Nobile’s book entitled ‘My life in the iron game’. Peter is mentioned many times throughout the various chapters and there is one situation in particular which highlights the determination and dedication to his lifting he possessed. This happened at one of the World Championships that both Peter and Ray competed in – Peter was mugged and suffered severe facial injuries that needed many stitches yet insisted on carrying on with entering the competition. Three times he attempted a squat, stitches splitting and blood oozing from his face, and three times the judges turned down the lift, but the audience recognised true grit and rose to a standing ovation. Peter appreciated their show of respect but on the way to hospital for re-stitching simply said ‘standing ovations don’t win contests for you.’

So, Peter was a genuine tough guy but don’t think for a moment that he swaggered around like many lesser individuals who bluster their way through life. In contrast to his immense inner strength Peter was a perfect gentleman on the surface, always polite, helpful and ready to assist anyone who asked for his coaching expertise. This duality of strength and personality reminded me of a Latin phrase that sums him up in one sentence: ‘Suaviter in modo, fortiter in re.’

Peter was in London working on the organisation of the upcoming Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships and organising a new coaching course with Skills Active when he passed away suddenly- as always, working on something to do with powerlifting. He will be sorely missed.

Oh yes, that Latin phrase, what exactly does it mean?

’ Gentle in manner, resolute in deed.’

That was Peter Fiore – powerlifting’s best friend.

 

The following info has been provided by Alan James who was a long-time friend and former training partner of Peter Fiore.

"Peter was not the first president of the IPF, that was Bob Christ. He was never a President at any time. He was on various committees Including the original rule-making committee formed in 1974 at the IPF World Championships, York, Pennsylvania, but was never President. He was however the IPF representative for Africa". ~ Alan James

 

Some other interesting facts provided by Alan James:
"Peter was a Category 1 Powerlifting and Weightlifting Referee (as was I, the first two in Africa). Although records show that Peter won silver for UK in 1975, it was actually for Zambia (but I think the British branch of the IPF wanted to claim it! Lol) It's also worth mentioning the fact that Peter moved up a division (82.5Kg) in1980 and got silver." ~ Alan James

 

Some info on Alan James:

Alan was close to Peter from 1972 until the late 1990's. Peter was best man at Alan's wedding. Alan accompanied Peter to several World Championships as his coach...

"One thing Peter really relied on was my ability to shout exactly when he had broken parallel in the squat, allowing for that tiny time lapse before he reacted". ~ Alan James

 

Alan James is still in touch with Peter's daughter and was able to fact check and kindly correct some mistakes for the above info on Peter.

 

The following info was provided by Vic Bryant on 1st July 2017...

"I first met Peter in the gym in Zambia in 1970. He was practicing one armed snatches with 140 lbs as he had damaged his shoulder with a snatch that went over his head in the Commonwealth Games. He changed to powerlifting when he could no longer "lock out" with his left arm. I am proud to say that I trained with him for 4 years in our Chingola gym. My most memorable part of the training was doing touch squats together, easy for him when I was doing them but when he was squatting 600 lbs and I could, at best dead lift 420, it was scary! None the less shortly after he went on to squat 4 times his body weight I am pleased to feel that my contribution during training played a part in this. I can only thank Peter for the tremendous encouragement he gave me and many others, he was an inspiration, we miss you Peter and again thanks for giving the sport a good reputation" ~ Vic Bryant

 

"What are Touch Squats?" ~ Strength Oldschool

 

"Touch Squats. When Peter and I were training in the Chingola, Zambia gym we did not have a squat cage only the basic stands and few were people around that Peter trusted to be spotters. Therefore, when his squats were getting near his limit or he was doing reps I would squat standing behind him with my hands close to his rib cage. As we were coming up if I sensed he was about to "stick" then I would give him a slight assist and continue up with him. We both trained in this manner, it was easy for him to help me, but it was pretty scary for me when he was doing over 600 lbs. However, we never dropped the bar or had any mishaps and all I ever gave Peter was the equivalent of one or two pounds. A great way to train if you have faith in your partner." ~ Vic Bryant

 

If anyone wishes to share stories on Peter, strength feats or photos, please share by responding to this topic or contacting Strength Oldschool.

 

A video of Peter Fiore deadlifting 200kg for 3 reps in his 70’s!!

 

 



Older Post Newer Post


  • Strength Oldschool on

    I found some info online regarding the Chingola Gym, in Zambia…

    “I trained at the gym with doug edmonds now famous for the worlds stongest man show,and peter fiore a stength machine/we returned in 2009 for a visit.We stayed at the protea hotel wich used to be kabundi bridge.” ~ Bert Esplin

    The above info is from the website – https://pencoedkabundilink.wordpress.com/2008/06/23/memories-of-chingola/

  • Strength Oldschool on

    @ Vic Bryant

    Thanks for the info Vic.

  • Vic Bryant on

    Touch Squats. When Peter and I were training in the Chingola, Zambia gym we did not have a squat cage only the basic stands and few were people around that Peter trusted to be spotters. Therefore, when his squats were getting near his limit or he was doing reps I would squat standing behind him with my hands close to his rib cage. As we were coming up if I sensed he was about to “stick” then I would give him a slight assist and continue up with him. We both trained in this manner, it was easy for him to help me, but it was pretty scary for me when he was doing over 600 lbs. However, we never dropped the bar or had any mishaps and all I ever gave Peter was the equivalent of one or two pounds. A great way to train if you have faith in your partner.

    Vic

  • Strength Oldschool on

    Thanks for commenting Vic. Much appreciated. What are “Touch Squats”?

  • Vic Bryant on

    I first met Peter in the gym in Zambia in 1970. He was practicing one armed snatches with 140 lbs as he had damaged his shoulder with a snatch that went over his head in the Commonwealth Games. He changed to powerlifting when he could no longer “lock out” with his left arm. I am proud to say that I trained with him for 4 years in our Chingola gym. My most memorable part of the training was doing touch squats together, easy for him when I was doing them but when he was squatting 600 lbs and I could, at best dead lift 420, it was scary! None the less shortly after he went on to squat 4 times his body weight I am pleased to feel that my contribution during training played a part in this.

    I can only thank Peter for the tremendous encouragement he gave me and many others, he was an inspiration, we miss you Peter and again thanks for giving the sport a good reputation.

    Vic Bryant


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published