Weightlifting: National record helps Neale to British title
WEIGHTLIFTER Charlotte Neale’s career continues to go from strength to strength after she won the under-15 British Age Group Championship title in Birmingham.
In just her second year since taking up the sport as part of a Jersey Sport Foundation initiative, Neale registered a British record snatch lift of 60kg and a 72kg clean and jerk for an accumulative total of 132kg – 1kg below her own overall GB record mark.
The 15-year-old, supported by the JSF’s ‘Power2Podium’ programme, has won regional, English and British Championships in 2018 and her achievements have earned selection for Great Britain for the European Youth Championships in Israel this December.
‘To win the British Championship and to achieve what Charlotte has already done this year is an outstanding achievement,’ said Neale’s coach John Scriven.
‘Charlotte is an incredibly tenacious young lady, she lives and breathes weightlifting and it was a really gutsy performance.
‘She claimed the title by ten kilos which is a substantial margin and her 132kg total was just outside of her best of 133kg.'
A total of 15 athletes competed in the U15 and U17 Championships and Neale’s total was second best overall.
The Hautlieu student said: ‘The competition was very good and I’m proud of myself for winning.
‘It was my goal to win and I celebrated by going for a meal and eating lots of food!’
She added: ‘I’m really excited and looking forward to the European Championships, but there’s a lot of work to be done preparing for that, as it will be a higher level of competition.
‘When I go there my target will be to do the best I can and look to get a personal best.’
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