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Commonwealth talent search – could you make the grade?

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JERSEY could send élite weightlifters to the Commonwealth Games for the first time in 60 years in 2022, as part of a new initiative driven by the Jersey Sport Foundation.

Weightlifter Cliff Heuzé was selected for both the 1958 (British Empire and Commonwealth Games) and 1962 Commonwealth Games, in Cardiff (pictured) and Perth, respectively, although he travelled to Australia as team captain after picking up an injury

The charitable organisation, which runs a number of performance programmes for up-and-coming sports stars, is set to conduct a talent search next month with the intention of fast-tracking aspiring athletes to international success.

Using a similar approach to UK Sport’s Talent ID programme, the JSF are planning a path to Birmingham 2022 for up to six athletes who show promise in the world of weightlifting, and are holding a selection day for interested Islanders on Saturday 10 March.

They will then provide specialist coaching on a weekly basis until the next Commonwealth Games, as well as advice on nutrition, psychology, lifestyle and strength and conditioning.

Not since Dick MacFarlane [1958] and Cliff Heuzé [1958/1962] has Jersey had a weightlifter selected for the British Empire/Commonwealth Games.

‘Becoming a performance athlete is a very rewarding journey that not many get to travel,’ said JSF’s head of services John Scriven. ‘But a serious commitment to both training and competitions will be required, so we are looking to individuals who can demonstrate both physical and mental strength.

‘Initially we are looking for females aged 14-plus who are athletic, strong and willing to commit to an intense long-term programme to develop into Jersey’s first ever Olympic lifting athletes.’

Basic testing will be carried out at Fort Regent on 10 March, before the JSF unveil their picks for the next Commonwealth cycle.

For further information, contact the Foundation’s talent programme manager on 765265.

Jason Fox

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