Name: Z. Smith
Place of Birth: Greenwich, London
Weight Category: 58/63kg
Club: Europa WLC
Coach: Andrew Callard
On The Platform:
Greatest Achievement: "Winning a bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, my first senior championships."
Aspirations?: "To continue to improve and have more succes at the national and international level and ultimately of course to secure a place in the team for the London 2012 Olympics."
Training Regime: "On average I train 5 days a week for up to 2 hours per session, doing various exercises."
Who has been the greatest influence on you? "Without a doubt my personal coach Andrew Callard."
When did you begin lifting? "Age 12."
Why did you begin lifting? "Purely by chance! I was a gymnast at Europa and I was asked if I’d be prepared to go down to the weights gym to try out for the Greenwich London Y outh Games team as they needed a girl to make up the numbers in a team of 2 boys and 1 girl. Andrew Callard spotted my potential immediately and I pretty soon gave up gymnastics in favour of weightlifting ."
Off The Platform:
Occupation: "Studying for my A-Levels."
Ultimate relaxation? "Anything with friends, especially my weightlifting friends. It could be music, theatre or the cinema; or just chilling at home on facebook."
One thing you can't live without? "The Internet."
Tip for the top? "Finding a good coach is all important. More important is listening to their advice and acting on it."
Life after lifting? "I hope so!."
Describe yourself in 3 words... "Starbucks addicted shopaholic."