Further Personal Information
||Sport Studies - University of Wales: Cardiff, WAL
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||She took up weightlifting at age 13 in a physical education lesson at school.
|Why this sport?
||She had a go with some friends. They were asked to take part in a local competition. The friends lost interest, but she started training, and in six months had qualified for British Seniors. She was then recruited to the Great Britain senior women's squad at age 14.
|Name of coach
|Coach from which country?
||She trains five or six days a week, for two to four hours per day.
||Micky. (Athlete, 11 Jun 2003)
||Reading. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Winning a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. (disabilitysportwales.org, 06 Jul 2010)
|Most influential person in career
||Ken Price and Andrew Davies. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
||She carried a back injury into the Beijing Olympics, but refused to pull out of the competition. (bbc.co.uk, 13 Aug 2008)
A back injury in 2000 saw her miss international competition for over a year. (olympics.org.uk, 08 Aug 2008)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"No limits." (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
|Awards and honours
||She won bronze in the snatch at World Junior Championships, and in so doing, broke the senior women's British record while still a junior. (Athlete 11 Jun 2003)
She was named among the British Olympic Association's athletes of the year for 2007. (sports-council-wales.org.uk, 16 Jan 2008),
||Taekwondo and judo. (olympics.org.uk, 08 Aug 2008)
She has announced her intention to retire from competition after the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in order to concentrate on coaching. (thisisplymouth.co.uk, 1 Jul 2010)
She was the first woman to represent Great Britain in weightlifting at the Olympic Games. (olympics.org.uk, 8 Aug 2008)