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Zoe Smith
Sport: Weightlifting
Home Town: Abbeywood, London
National Ranking: No 1 in the Under 18’s 53K class
No 1 in the British women’s ranking
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Zoe’s biggest achievement to date is being the Commonwealth Champion in 2014. Although Zoe has been out with an injury since then, she is still determined to win an Olympic medal.

For the last few months Zoe has been working in a smart, central London café, she is planning on moving to Loughborough to be closer to a centralised training programme for weightlifting.

After the end of this month, her monthly wage, in addition to the support through Greenwich Starting Blocks will be her sole sources of income after to UK Sport’s decision to cut all of British Weightlifting’s funding from June onwards.

Zoe recently competed in the British Championships and came a respectable 2nd Place. This was a competition for qualifying for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Zoe hopes to qualify for this and is also looking ahead to Tokyo 2020. 

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