Rosie’s on the up and up

Rosie Thorpe

Rosie Thorpe

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A rising young weightlifter from Alfreton will look to continue her impressive progress when she competes on home turf next weekend.

Rosie Thorpe, 13, a pupil at Alfreton Grange Arts College, trains at the town’s Atlas Gym under the tutelage of British and Olympic coach Dave Sawyer.

Rosie, whose dad Adrian played for Notts County in the 1980s, has clearly inherited some of his sporting genes and will be competing in the British Development Cup, for those in year eight and under. It will be held at her school on Saturday, July 12.

Rosie has only been weightlifting since being inspired to take up the sport by the 2012 London Olympics but has been making rapid progress and her ultimate dream is to represent her country at Olympic level.

Proud mum Sue said: “Rosie a lifted 80kg total in May at the Central Open in Arnold and she is attempting at least 85kg next weekend, which will give her the qualifying total to compete in the British U18s contest later this year, which at her age is awesome.

“It’s great to be coached by Dave Sawyer and Cyril Martin at Atlas.

“They coach Chris Freebury, who will be competing at the Commonwealth Games. To have top coaches on her doorstep is great and Dave feels she has what it takes to go a long way.

“She has gone up into the 53kg category, and, to give some idea of her progress, at last year’s British Development Cup, she did 20kg in the clean and jerk and 14 in the snatch. It’s up to 43kg and 37kg now.”

“We want to try and encourage other local youngsters to come and give this sport a go because we have one of the best coaches in the country on our doorstep.

“It builds bone density and a lot of top athletes like Jessica Ennis do it to condition their bodies.

“Come and give it a go, try something different.

“Anyone can come along next Saturday and watch this competition and see these talented youngsters compete.

“Rosie is lifting more at each competition she takes part in and is working towards a number of targets.

“The ultimate aim is to qualify for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She’s got four years to go and she’s improving so quickly.”

Sue added: “The competitive nature is in her blood, Her dad was a professional footballer so she must get it from him.

“She’s so determined, she gets that look when she’s competing, I call it the Linford Christie look!”

If you are interested in sponsoring this rising young star, you can call Sue Thorpe on 07896 255808.