Silver medal after a year of illness

Helen Weavers
Helen Weavers

Newport on Tay’s Helen Weavers (36) has won a silver medal in the World Masters Weightlifting Championships in Rovaniemi, Lapland.

Her success is all the more remarkable considering she only took up the sport less than a year ago after suffering from a very serious bout of illness.

Helen decided the best way to help her recover from a bout of pneumonia, which left her in hospital, was turning her attention to serious exercise.

And in Laplad the University of Dundee employee not only took the silver medal in her age and weight category (35-40 years / 75kg+), she also set a new Scottish Masters record and qualified for the Scottish Senior Weightlifting Championships.

She now holds three Scottish records.

Helen, who works at the Institute of Sport & Exercise Science at Dundee University, discovered weightlifting after a year of illness.

After just a few months of training with well known weightlifting coach Ray Cavanagh, Helen won the Scottish Masters Championships, the British Master Championships and secured a silver medal at the European Masters Championships, in Bangor, Wales in June (in her age/ weight category).

“I am absolutely delighted with my silver medal and look forward to a bit of time out before the preparations for the next competition begin,” said Helen.

“Competing at the World Championships was a nervy experience but I was so pleased with my performance.

“I got a personal best, which is all I could ask for.”

But Helen is the first to admit that she couldn’t have achieved all she has without the help and support of those around her.

The local lifter added: “The support from family and friends has been totally overwhelming.

“Without my knowledge some of my friends set up a crowdfunding page and raised £1350 for my trip to Finland, which was an incredibly lovely thing for them to do.

“I also got sponsorship from the Dundee Sportsman’s Dinner and Discover Beauty in Dundee, and I have to thank everyone who helped make it possible for me to compete in the World Championships.”