Weightlifting

Big Interview: Preston’s weightlifting Olympian Sarah Davies – Lancashire Post

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Sarah Davies had to give herself the proverbial slap around the face as her long-held ambition of competing at an Olympics appeared to be slipping from her grasp.

The Preston weightlifter was for many years heralded as a genuine podium prospect for Great Britain at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

A Commonwealth Games silver medal winner from 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia, Davies’ strides towards the very top of her sport were gathering pace.

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Sarah Davies had to give herself the proverbial slap around the face as her long-held ambition of competing at an Olympics appeared to be slipping from her grasp.

The Preston weightlifter was for many years heralded as a genuine podium prospect for Great Britain at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

A Commonwealth Games silver medal winner from 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia, Davies’ strides towards the very top of her sport were gathering pace.

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But with the trip to the Far East on the not-too -distant horizon, Davies’ world was plunged into uncertainty.

One half of a powerlifting golden couple in this country, the former beauty queen split from boyfriend and fellow lifter Jack Oliver, who had competed for Team GB at the London Olympics.

It was Oliver who had originally encouraged Davies to take up the sport more than a decade ago when she had become bored of watching him train.

A gymnast, a county-level golfer and talented latin dancer, Davies has over the years worked her way into a position where she is among the world’s elite in the 64kg category.

Sarah Davies in action at the Tokyo Olympics

However, just as she was preparing herself both physically and mentally to qualify for the greatest sporting stage on Earth, her equilibrium was thrown into a state of disarray.

It is not an exaggeration to suggest that she considered walking away from the sport as she came to terms with the emotional turmoil she was facing.

“I basically needed somebody to slap me around the face and say, ‘Sort your life out’,” said Davies, who is a qualified PE teacher.

“It was my friends and family who supported me through that time and without them I don’t think I would have made it to the Olympic Games or even carried on with my weightlifting career.

“They would say, ‘You’re incredibly talented at what you do’.

“I am very grateful to those people.

“In 2019 I split from a relationship with the person who introduced me to weightlifting.

“It was that thing of I didn’t know who I was in weightlifting on my own.

“I was always the girlfriend of the person who was weightlifting.

“It was kind of about finding my own identity as a weightlifter.

“I think everybody goes through those sort of times in life where you think, ‘Is everything really worth it?

“As an athlete you ask yourself whether it is just easier to get a nine to five job and just take the stress out of …….

Source: https://www.lep.co.uk/sport/other-sport/big-interview-prestons-weightlifting-olympian-sarah-davies-3456854