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Female Olympic Weightlifter Delivers Masterclass

Posted: February 11, 2019

Sport England has a vision that, ‘Everyone in England feels able to take part in sport or activity, regardless of age, background or ability.’

The College has been proactive in the raising awareness of the Sport England programme and has seen record results with many participating in a variety of sporting events that they would not have considered before including soft archery, football, confidence course, table tennis, basketball, dodgeball and cricket.

Emily never intended to be a weightlifter but found a passion for it whilst at Leeds Beckett University training for sporting events including the Hammer and Shot.  She was shown how to weightlift during some training sessions and fell in love instantly with the sport.  Emily won gold in the 2017 British Championships setting a new British record in the 90kg+ class.

Emily came to the popular Scunthorpe College to help build a growth mindset with world class athletes and raise money to support them.  She delivered sessions to a variety of students in the College, demonstrating the snatch technique used in weightlifting and letting the students have a go.  Emily said, “We are all put on this earth to do something and mine is weightlifting.  I now do fantastic things and travel; this year I will be going to Germany, Thailand, Italy, Russia and Georgia just for competitions.  If I can inspire just one person at the College to do something that they love, I have done my job.”

Health and Social Care student Emie Tunstall (16) said, “It was really fun and a nice activity to get involved in.  It was once in a lifetime opportunity but was harder than you think.”