BREEZE Michaela < Back  
Sport Weightlifting
CGA Wales   
Gender Women
Born 17 May 1979 in Watford, ENG
Height1.67 m
Weight 58 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Ivybridge, ENG
Occupation Teacher
Languages English
Higher education 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 Andrew Davies
Coach from which country? Wales
Training Regime She trains five or six days a week, for two to four hours per day.
General Interest
Nicknames Micky. (Athlete, 11 Jun 2003)
Hobbies 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)
Injuries 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),
Other sports Taekwondo and judo. (olympics.org.uk, 08 Aug 2008)
Other information DELHI SWANSONG
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)

NATIONAL FIRST
She was the first woman to represent Great Britain in weightlifting at the Olympic Games. (olympics.org.uk, 8 Aug 2008)