Bill Despard who at the age of 87 is the UK's oldest competitive weightlifter. See SWNS story SWLSweight; The UK's oldest competitive weightlifter is still pumping iron - at the age of 87. Bill Despard started weight training aged 15 years old, and works out seven days a week, for three hours per day. The great-grandad describes the sport as “my life”, and earned a silver medal in the 81kg category at at the European Masters Weightlifting Championship in Poland. Bill trains every day at the Kilwinning Olympic Weightlifting Club, in Kilwinning, North Ayrshire, which he has run for more than 20 years.