Beth wins GOLD at the British Weighlifting Championships
On Saturday, 12th March, I took part in the British Masters Weightlifting Championships at Lilleshall, National Sports Centre near Telford. If you had asked me six months ago whether I thought I would ever compete in a weightlifting event, I would have laughed. But I did and I won!
I have been training with kettlebells since 2012 and, curious about weightlifting with barbells, I started CrossFit in 2014. Last autumn some of my CrossFit friends tried out a session at LOWA (London Olympic Weightlifting Academy) and I went along because I was struggling to pick up the intracies of the Olympic Weightlifting movements called the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk and I realised that I needed to spend a lot more time on developing these skills.
I loved the sessions and the subject of the possibility of competing at a Masters level came up. I jumped at the chance and low and behold I won my category, Womens 40-44, Under 58kg. Mike Causer, Head Coach at LOWA was brilliant in guiding me through the warm up and giving me the confidence to go out and do my best. Coach Sarah Hilton has also been instrumental in building my confidence throughout the training sessions at LOWA.
It was a bit scary walking out onto the stage and lifting in front of an audience but I really enjoyed it! It was all a bit surreal and it felt like being in a school play but it was one of the best things I have ever done in my life. As someone who has suffered from crippling, life inhibiting anxiety in the past, taking part in this competion was a defining moment for me. As advised by Mike, I did not attempt any PBs, I just concentrated on lifting well. I finished with a Snatch of 40kg and a Clean & Jerk of 50kg. As the only lifer in my catgeory, this was more than enough to secure me the gold medal but you have to be in it to win it!
I look forward to competing again later on in the year and for many more years to come. All I can say is find something you love to do and take any opportunities that arise even if they seem scary on the surface, you never know what might happen.