Weightlifter is given a boost

Laurence Oakden
Laurence Oakden

A 16-year-old weightlifter from Kimberley has been given a helping hand by Broxtowe Borough Council’s Elite Athletes Scheme.

The scheme supports talented athletes by offering free access to council leisure facilities so they can train.

Laurence Oakden is currently working towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and regularly uses Kimberley Leisure Centre as part of his training with coach Aaron Lindsey.

Laurence, who also trains at H3 Performance Gym in Nottingham and at the British Weightlifting Regional Academy in Coventry, first took an interest in free weights when he was at school and taught himself how to lift by watching videos and researching online.

He initially started lifting weights to boost his confidence and self-esteem but it wasn’t long before he was training regularly and competing.

His recent success includes winning bronze and achieving a personal best of 110kg on the clean and jerk in Castleford, West Yorkshire.

He has just received an invitation for the British Weightlifting Regional Academy Programme 2016, where he will start training for the Olympics in Tokyo.

The Elite Athletes Free Use Scheme enables talented athletes who are competing at a national standard, the opportunity to access free facilities in Broxtowe.

The scheme enables athletes to have free access to borough-owned swimming pools, racket courts and fitness suites for 12 months. The scheme aims to support athletes whilst they train to reduce the financial burden of training costs.

Athletes who compete in any Sport England-recognised sport are eligible to apply to the scheme.

For more information visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/sportsupport or contact Broxtowe Sport on 0115 917 3572 or email sport@broxtowe.gov.uk.

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