An ambitious sports scholar at Rydal Penrhos is honing his skills ahead of a prestigious international weightlifting competition
Josh Lynch, a Year 9 pupil at the school, will be part of the Team GB squad that will compete at the European Youth Weightlifting Championships later this year following a successful qualification process.
The 14-year-old has been training relentlessly ahead of the biggest competition of his impressive young career to date under the guidance of Commonwealth Games athlete and coach Harry Misangyi and as part of the school’s sports scholarship programme.
He was also invited to take part in the Great British Training Camp over the half term break at Loughborough University with some of the best young prospects anywhere in the country after receiving an invitation from officials after earning his place on the squad.
Mr Misangyi stated that Josh is “training better and harder than ever” ahead of the international event, where he will be aiming to beat his personal best and possible add to the 14 national records he currently possesses.
In addition to his weightlifting exploits, Josh is a talented rugby player and is currently part of the Sale Sharks Player Development programme and captained RGC West last season.
Director of Sport Allen Boyd, said: “Josh is one of many that have benefitted enormously from our sports scholar programme, and I have no doubt that he is going to give a very good account of himself in his first outing with the Team GB Youth squad.
“He is very hard working and takes full advantage of any opportunity that presents itself, and this experience at the Great British camp is another huge confidence boost as he prepares to test himself against some of the best young weightlifters on the continent.”