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The weight on the minds of young people

VALUE: Weight lifting can play a role in young lives

BRITISH WEIGHT Lifting (BWL) has recently reviewed all the research about the value of weight lifting in the lives of young people and produced a revised draft policy on the matter to be used with external partner organisations to help them understand the value of weight lifting.

BWL is also in discussions with Sport England on a revised offer for children to take part In weight lifting and further details around that will be announced in 2016. The aim of the draft policy document is to provide the evidence on why weight lifting is an appropriate sport for young people.

Among Great Britain's best weight lifters is 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Zoe Smith. Her tip for those who want to reach the sport's apex is: "Surround yourself with a team who make you feel genuinely happy to be training. There are some days where you really won’t want to be there but having fantastic coaches, training partners and support staff around to motivate you and cheer you on through even the most painful of sessions makes everything much easier.

She added: "I’d love to stay involved in sport after I retire from my lifting career either as a coach or support staff. That, or become a lady of leisure."


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