Zoe Smith Suspended by British Weight Lifting
December 24, 2010
COMMONWEALTH Games Bronze medal winning weightlifter Zoe Smith has had her funding temporarily suspended by the sport’s governing body British Weight Lifting.
The 16-year-old London-based lifter has had her personal funding withdrawn until at least the end of January – although she will continue to have available support services such as physiotherapy and nutritional guidance.
British Weight Lifting staff became concerned about her commitment after she arrived at a recent training camp overweight and with no training programme.
Her lack of commitment to a structured programme was one of the key reasons why she did not take part in the European Junior Championships in November.
After careful consideration, ailment the BWL World Class Programme decided they could not continue to support an athlete who was not committed to following a structured training programme or ensuring they stabilised their body weight.
BWL Performance Manager Fiona Lothian said: “Zoe is an amazing talent but we all know that any athlete with talent still has to work hard if they are to realise their true potential.
“On World Class Programmes athletes are funded not only because they are good, unhealthy but because they are willing to work hard to become even better.”
The decision to withdraw her personal funding will be reviewed after the Tri-Nations Tournament on 12th February, ampoule and will be reinstated if training has been consistent and she has been working with the nutritionist.
Additionally, Zoe is required to commit to five training sessions per week of at least 90 minutes, and work with the World Class Programme nutritionist to ensure an optimal body weight, and be back lifting agreed weights at the Tri-Nations Tournament on February 12.