A Wings School Nottingham staff member is celebrating winning a medal at the Commonwealth Games.
Emily Campbell, Pastoral Care and Learning Support Assistant at the school, has already experienced success as a weightlifter at both England and National level but topped that this week by lifting Bronze in the +90kg category at the 2018 Commonwealth Games being held on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Emily lifted 103kg in the snatch and 139kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 242kg. That left her just a kilogram adrift of second place. Her medal was the sixth the British weightlifting team has won in the Games so far.
The BBC Sport website quotes Emily as saying after her win: “I started weightlifting just two years ago and I am over the moon that it has brought me here. This is just the beginning for me and I believe the future has excellent things in store for me."
She discovered her talent when studying Sport Science at university and was doing athletics. She asked a coach for some help getting stronger for the shot-put event and through this discovered she had a talent for weightlifting.
From this success Emily hopes to go on to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games being held in Tokyo, Japan as well as the World Championships in Turkmenistan in December 2018.
Well done from everyone at Kedleston Emily!