Corporal Lucy Spy, from the RAF Special Investigation Branch based at RAF Halton, is among the rising stars in the RAF Weightlifting team.
During April 2021 Lucy took part in the UK Armed Forces virtual competition run by British Weightlifting. Competitors had to film their lifts and post them online to be assessed by their official judges. Lucy achieved 4th overall in the competition with a 1st in her weight class (71kg female category). This makes Lucy 16th in UK for her weight category.
Lucy has now been selected to be part of the UK Armed Forces Weightlifting team with their first competition taking place in August, after it became a recognised sport within the Armed Forces.
I’m really happy about being picked for the team as I have put in a lot of hard work since becoming part of the RAF Weightlifting team. I am proud to see that it has paid off for myself and all the other athletes that have been selected.
I know for some of our coaches within all the services this has been a very long journey to see us become a recognised sport and I’m pleased to have been a part of that journey. It makes me excited about what’s ahead and the opportunities this will open for us.
Weightlifting is an excellent form of exercise, that helps to re-enforce self-discipline, wellbeing and both mental and physical robustness. Many military personnel already weightlift casually and now they can either compete for their service or receive specialised professional instruction by our British Weightlifting Level 2 Coaches.