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Weightlifter Hill eyes National team spot after under-18 success

PUBLISHED: 20:00 17 October 2013

Joe Hill u-18 British champion

Joe Hill u-18 British champion

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Weightlifting isn’t the most popular sport for youngsters, but Woodford Green’s Joe Hill continues to flourish after scooping the British under-18 championship last weekend.

Held at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, the 18-year-old won the 94kg weightclass after lifts of 112kg in the snatch discipline and 130kg in the clean and jerk for a new personal best of 242kg, over 2.5 times his own bodyweight of 90kg.

That crowned a fine year for the youngster, who started weightlifting at the comparatively late age of 15.

Hill won the Novice Championships at Crystal Palace in January and the Junior Regional Championships in September.

And the former pupil at Wells Primary in Woodford Green insists he has his uncle, Simon Nainby, a strength and conditioning coach, to thank for introducing him to the sport.

“At school I was never interested in the likes of football, rugby or cricket,” said Hill, who is trained at Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club by Commonwealth gold medallist and former British champion and record holder Giles Greenwood.

“I have my uncle Simon to thank for it all. Fifteen can be considered old to be coming in to the sport and I spent almost a whole season out with a knee injury as well.

“But you can’t have a better coach in the country than Giles Greenwood.

“He’s achieved everything in the sport and you do feel the pressure at competitions when you turn up with him.”

And Hill has an eye on making the national junior (under-20) team next year if all goes well.

“It’s been a great year from start to finish really,” he added. “But you have to keep yourself in top condition during the off season because competition is fierce.

“The aim is to make the national squad and both Giles and I believe I have the ability to make it.”

Hill is currently on the look out for sponsorship to help fulfil his goal and any local businesses or individual can contact him on joehill331@gmail.com.


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