Tokyo 2021

Well what a crazy few months since my last blog!

Last month I was celebrating a Gold medal at the Para-Powerlifting World Cup in Manchester and now we’re in the middle of a UK Lockdown due to a world pandemic!

It is a difficult time for everyone where we’re having to make big adjustments to our lives in the hope that we can reduce the spread of Covid-19. I hope you and your family are well and managing to keep sane!

It’s been a turbulent week for me with the announcement that the Olympics and Paralympics will be postponed. I went to great lengths to get my gym set up in my garage and I’m very fortunate that my sport needs a relatively small amount of kit to train but now I’m very much struggling to find the motivation to train. While it was completely the right decision to postpone the games I’m finding it difficult that the goal is currently unknown, we don’t know when they will rearrange the games for because we don’t know what’s going to happen in the next couple of weeks, let alone months. There are rumours about a Spring games assuming the world has returned to some kind of normality by then but we will just have to wait and see!

But it’s not all doom and gloom, I moved into my new house at the end of last year and the lockdown is giving me time to get jobs done around the house, which is driving my boyfriend crazy but we’re both trying to keep as busy as possible. I just hope this lovely weather continues because I’ve got so many jobs I want to do in the garden including setting up some planters where I can grow some fruit and veg.

I’m definitely finding a new appreciation for things and I’m determined that there can be good to come from this incredibly difficult time.

I didn’t want this whole blog to be about the virus because I feel people can get too bogged down with it all which is why I’ve left talking about Manchester to the end.

I honestly can’t believe it was just a month ago!

The build up to the Manchester World Cup was probably my most challenging to date which is why I’m so pleased with the result. For a large portion of the 6 weeks before the competition I was ill and although I had lifted 125kg in training before Christmas, I didn’t know until the training session before my competition whether we were going to be able to get it on the bar. Not only was it a competition PB but it was a tick against a goal I’ve had for a long time.

I hold myself to very high standards technically and I was delighted to get all 3 lifts in Manchester at 120kg, 123kg & 125kg with 8 out of 9 white lights 🙂

I wanted to acknowledge the whole GB team performance in Manchester because for a large number of GB athletes, it was their first international competition. Every single one of our rookies did themselves proud and they contributed 3 medals to the team tally to help us claim the top spot on the medal table.

A huge thank you to everyone that came along to support or watched on the live stream, you support means the world to me.

I also want to give a big shout out to Abigail, who might just be my biggest (and smallest) fan. She dressed up as me for Sport Relief and as you can see from the photo, she’s got her lifting face perfected already. To know I’ve inspired one person makes me so proud, thank you to Abigail and her family for your support.

Stay safe everyone. Stay at home. Save lives.

One Reply to “Tokyo 2021”

  1. Thank you for addressing problems in training when the aims move. I too have done ok this week, but showing signs that the Umph I normally have is dwindling.

    I am too finding a new found love for my garden, never been green fingered, but I can but try this year.

    Please stay safe and I look forward to reading more of your blogs.x

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