John McNiven’s career was remarkably long and successful, taking in six Commonwealth Games, two Commonwealth bronze medals and 25 Scottish National championship wins. He also competed in 18 World Masters events, winning 14 of them. And his achievements after retiring are an inspiration to any sportsperson considering life after competition. He organised the hugely successful World Masters Championships, which was held in Glasgow in 1999 and attracted over 450 competitors. In 1993, McNiven was the first person to receive the World Masters Weightlifting Hall of Fame Award.