Unique Plymouth Olympic weightlifting classes will see members compete nationally
NEW Olympic weightlifting classes in Stonehouse are the only ones in Devon – and will see members compete at national level.
The classes have proved popular with women, including Shachar Head, who plans to compete in the British Universities and Colleges Championships (BUCS) in Sheffield on March 16 and 17.
Classes in the sport, which are hard to come by in the South West, are being led by trainer Rich Kite at Plymouth Performance Gym on Manor Street.
The Plymouth City College student has led the classes since October as there wasn't any other opportunity to get involved in the sport in the city.
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The 26-year-old said: "Weightlifting is quite unrecognised as a sport, we're the only place in Devon at the moment.
"We have got a decent women's team – the classes have only been going since October so its really good.
"Because the sport is fairly small you often need to travel far to compete, like with Shachar travelling to Sheffield, so I have organised a few in-house competitions so they can practice competing against each other."
19-year-old Megan Scott is on a strength and conditioning course at Plymouth City College.
She said: "Being a girl it can be quite daunting walking into a weight gym.
"But everyone is really encouraging and you feel like you can get far in it, it's a sense of achievement.
"Women might worry about bulking up but you get stronger and more powerful but you don't put on a lot of muscle mass – it's very different to power lifting and everyone's so supportive."