After a successful lifting of almost her own body weight, A 9 years old girl, become the national weightlifting champion for the third time.
With 4ft 6ins tall (137cm) and four and a half stone (29kg) weight, that young girl amazingly lifted the as weight as a two-seat sofa over her head.
How she started Weightlifting
The desire to try this game came after Ivey watched her mother, Cheryl-Leigh Miller, and her stepfather, Henry, training in Weightlifting.
She competed in one English and two British Weightlifting Championships and she won them all. The schoolgirl from Basingstoke is determined to be an Olympic weightlifter just like her role model Sarah Davies.
Cheryl-Leigh, 34 explains the unexpected beginning of her youth daughter, she said:
“Ivey’s stepfather, Henry, and I would do CrossFit training which incorporates some weightlifting on the driveway during the lockdown. Ivey would come out and join in by picking up a PVC pipe we used to warm up and copying what we were doing. I did some research on children’s weightlifting and how safe it was and saw there was a lot of positivity around it.”
Ivey’s PBs are 21kg for the snatch lift and 26kg for the clean and jerk. Just after six months from taking up the sport, the young girl won the remotely-held English Championships in the under 10s category from her living room.
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In July, she competed remotely from Ministry Gym in Basingstoke and won the virtual British Championships.
She also won the live British Championships in Harrogate, in November, which was in front of official British Weightlifting judges.
“I enjoy weightlifting because it is fun and exciting. When you get a PB (personal best) it’s like one of the happiest moments of your life. I’m on the school football team, I’m in grade seven swimming and I’ve just started gymnastics. But weightlifting is the best thing that has happened in my life.” Ivey said