I’m a 23 year old Bristol based British Weightlifter competing in the 94kg weight category.
My weightlifting career began in 2005. Whilst searching for ways to distract myself during my lunch break at my new secondary school, I stumbled upon the weightlifting club. Out of sheer boredom I just watched and laughed at the practicing lifters for a couple of weeks until the coach gave me detention and I was forced to join in myself - and I never looked back! Two years later I made an early debut onto the international stage at the European Under 17’s in Pavia, Italy also smashing the British under 13 records and claiming my first British title that same year.
My first international medals came in 2012 at the Commonwealth Championships in South Africa where I took home a bronze, silver and gold medal from each of the three age groups (youth, junior and senior). One year later I was proud to win the first ever European Junior men’s medal in the history of British weightlifting at the European under 20’s championships. The Commonwealth Games 2014 followed where I finished a respectable fifth, and laid the foundations for the standard of future competitions. However, the epitome of my weightlifting career so far has to be stepping onto the world stage at the Olympic Games at Rio 2016. As a child I watched the opening ceremony many times dreaming that one day I would be there, to live that dream. That summer was incredibly special and something I shall cherish for the rest of my life. There is no greater feeling than representing your country.
I am now extremely fortunate to be able to say that I’ve represented Team GB in all major international championships, including the World and European Championships, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games.
My sights are now set firmly on a gold medal win at the next Commonwealth Games which will be held in the Gold Coast, Australia in 2018. I took a lot away from my first experience of the commonwealth games in 2014 however next year I will use all that I learnt in order to go and do the business next summer.
My best lifts are 152KG snatch and 194KG clean and jerk which are both British u23 British records, and other notable lift records are 262 KG back squat, 220KG front squat and a 210KG jerk.
In the meantime, I continue to coach clients and run weightlifting workshop seminars all over the UK and abroad in order to support myself in my training.
I have an incredible team around me which have supported me and made my dreams possible. If you would like to know more about my sponsors or wish to be part of my journey head over to my sponsors page to find out more.