An ambitious weightlifter has been given permission to compete at a prestigious national event as he pursues European qualification.
Josh Lynch, a Year 9 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, will take his place against much older and more experienced opposition at the British University and College Championships, which take place from April 21-22 at the St Mary’s Tennis Centre in London.
The 14-year-old is looking to add to his impressive list of accolades at the showcase, and has been working hard in the hope of securing the necessary target to book his place at the European Youth Championships later this year.
This is the sports scholar’s last opportunity to qualify for the international competition, and he has been training incredibly hard both in the presence of Rydal Penrhos’ strength and conditioning staff and in his own time with Commonwealth Games athlete Harry Misangyi.
He said: “Although he did not make the total he needed at the Oldbury Open, he still came away with a personal best snatch and total.
“Every competition Josh is learning and improving, and he performed really well considering his warm-up was not so great.
“Josh has been given permission to lift at the British University and College Championships despite his young age, as this is his final opportunity to qualify for the European Youths.
“He has been training hard and smart ahead of his competition. I'm very excited to see the end result of this short cycle.”