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Highland Weightlifting Club struck gold at the Scottish Masters Olympic Weightlifting Championships

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(From left) Ellie Garrett, Jim Kennedy, Martha Gates, Nicky Grant and Steve Walsh.
(From left) Ellie Garrett, Jim Kennedy, Martha Gates, Nicky Grant and Steve Walsh.

Four of the team were crowned national champions with another taking silver at the event in Arbroath last weekend.

Head coach Nicky Grant said: “I’m overwhelmed at the success, we were hoping to potentially win a few medals but everyone really lifted to their potential.”

The team from Inverness were the most successful on the day, with Steve Walsh winning his fourth title in a row.

Ms Grant, Jim Kennedy and Ellie Garrett all emerged with Scottish titles following wins in their competitions.

The championship was the first weightlifting contest for Martha Gates who finished second place in her class.

This comes as the popularity of the sport is growing in the area, with the hope being that the Northern Weightlifting Championship can take place in the Highlands in July.

Club chairman Mr Walsh said: “Weightlifting has never been more popular and is a fantastic way to maintain physical and mental health and wellbeing, regardless of age.

“The plan is to grow the sport in the Highlands with the dream of a future Olympian emerging from the youngsters that we have taking up the sport now.”

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