Former British junior powerlifting champion from Kidderminster dies aged 51 (From Kidderminster Shuttle)
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Former British junior powerlifting champion from Kidderminster dies aged 51
7:30am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Local
A FORMER British Junior Powerlifting Champion from Kidderminster has died aged 51 in Brazil.
Dr Timothy Birch died of cardio-respiratory arrest on Sunday, September 8 in the southern city of Curitiba, where he lived with his Brazilian wife Janete and stepsons Jupiter and Pericles.
Mr Birch was known for his academic ability and his sporting achievements, which included being named British Junior Powerlifting Champion at mid heavy-weight when he was 18.
He was a member of the Kidderminster Weightlifting Club and attended Harry Cheshire High School, now Baxter College, where he gained three A levels at grade A.
The Shuttle featured Mr Birch on its front page in 1981 under the headline “Brawn and Brain” to mark his high grades and powerlifting title.
His sister Jane Taylor said: “He was outgoing, humorous and he had great intellect. Friends at school would say he was naughty and a prankster but he was so intelligent.
“He was very loving and he had a big heart. He was very happy with his wife Janete.”
Mr Birch also competed for Wolverhampton and Bilston in athletics and excelled in the shot, discus and hammer.
He went to Manchester University to study American Studies and spent time in America at the University of Missouri before completing a masters and PhD in political science in Columbia.
Mr Birch became a lecturer at the University of Missouri and moved to Cyprus in 1995 to lecture at the Eastern Mediterranean University.
At the end of the 1990s, he returned to England and took up teaching posts in London and Paignton in Devon.
He married Janete in 2003 and settled in Curitiba where he taught English.
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