I'm Zoe Smith, and I've been doing Olympic weightlifting for 12 years.
I'm currently based in Loughborough, UK where I study, work and train.
In 2010, I became England's first female weightlifting medallist at a Commonwealth Games aged just 16. Two years later I was fortunate enough to qualify for and compete at the London 2012 Olympics.
Since then I've achieved both gold and silver medals at the Commonwealth Games, multiple European medals and now I'm hoping to get to another Olympic Games.
In 2016, UK Sport made the decision to cut funding to British Weightlifting, the governing body for weightlifting in Britain. This was a devastating blow for many of the athletes like myself, who relied on that funding to get to international competitions.
We're really starting to feel the effects of this as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics rolls around. Our qualification procedure involves us competing in 6 different events, starting with the World Championships in Turkmenistan this November. This event alone is likely to cost every athlete wishing to attend around £2000 each. The qualification period will conclude in spring 2020, and according to British Weightlifting's calculations is likely to cost £10,000 per athlete in total.
Obviously, this is a huge amount for somebody who receives no funding and I'm unlikely to be able to achieve this goal by scrimping and saving alone - especially alongside full time college, part time work and trying to train for the Olympics.
I appreciate any kind of donation, no matter how small. For larger amounts, I'm offering weightlifting coaching services (listed below).
£200 - Video analysis + 4 week weightlifting program.
£250 - Video analysis + 90 minute 1 to 1 coaching session with me at the national training centre in Loughborough.
£350 - 90 minute 1 to 1 coaching session with me in Loughborough, 4 week weightlifting program and weekly video analysis for the duration of the program.
£1000 - Weightlifting workshop at your gym (up to 10 people).
(+£250 - signed and framed London 2012 Olympic Games t-shirt).
If I'm fortunate enough to raise more than the £10,000 I'm targeting, the additional money will go back into the pot to help my teammates afford their own Olympic journeys.
If you can't donate anything at this time, it's equally as helpful to spread the word by sharing this page. Please help me achieve my Olympic dream!
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