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Richmond upon Thames College student, Isabella Brown, takes home Gold

Monday 28 February 2022

Isabella (Bella) Brown, A level student at Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC), is creating a name for herself in the weightlifting world, this time winning Gold at the British Weightlifting Championships 2022.

British Weightlifting is the UK's officially recognised Governing Body for weightlifting, para powerlifting and training. This year the championships took place in their expansive new residence, the Derby Arena, with hundreds of people attending this year’s annual championship event.

Bella, who started weightlifting in 2018 was delighted to have won Gold in the competition, saying "I have mixed emotions coming out of the competition but immediately I feel grateful for the opportunity to show my hard work and bring home the gold competing against more mature athletes. It is an amazing that I’m one of a select few Junior lifters in Britain to bring home a Senior British title! My plans for the rest of the year are to develop my lifts further and compete at the Junior World Championships in May and the Junior European Championships at this competition I hope to bring home a medal!"

At her first weightlifting competition in September 2019, Bella immediately broke a British record. Since then, she has gone onto compete at various other competitions all around the country, continuing breaking a number of records including ‘Snatch, Clean and Jerk’ and ‘Total’ within her age group in the World Youth Championships. In addition, Bella is a British Champion, top-ranked under 17 female weightlifter, regardless of weight class.

Caroline Ludbrook, Head of Sixth Form at RuTC says “We are very proud of Bella’s amazing achievements in her weightlifting career. It’s extremely impressive to be considered a British Champion.”

“Bella is equally as good a student as she is a competitor, she is a punctual, well-organised and eager addition to the College’s sixth form.”

Currently, Bella is training and competing with the weightlifting team from Brunel University.

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