Squires took to Twitter to announce the win, saying: “Gold in the 242lb open raw division and top 10% of the whole open raw class.”
He then joked that he will only respond to “strongest man in California” from now on.
Squires — who lives in Sacramento, California with his vegan wife, child, and 2 rescue dogs — started powerlifting in late 2013 then became vegan for ethics in May 2014.
“At the time, I wasn’t even sure if the two were compatible, but I knew I couldn’t continue to eat animals,” he said.
Since then, he has competed in various open powerlifting competitions, placing first in 3 of them, second at the 2018 USPA Drug Tested California State Championships, then qualifying and competing at the 2018 IPL Drug Tested Powerlifting World Championships in Las Vegas.
Now, he has been able to win a gold medal in the 242 lb open raw division and join the top 10% of the whole open raw class.
“Sharing my story on Twitter has inevitably lead to hundreds of questions from the skeptical to those who want to make similar steps in their own life,” Squires shared.
“I’m hoping to put as much knowledge as I can to help more people than I’m able to on a one-on-one basis.”
Squires continues to speak up for the animals and educate the public regarding the benefits of veganism for the health, environment, and the animals.