CRC Sports student, Thomas Smith is celebrating taking the podium top spot at the Para-Powerlifting World Cup, after bringing home Gold in the Junior Category and placing 4th in the men’s competition.
After being spotted by a talent scout, and spending hours in the gym training for this moment, Tom entered the arena feeling confident that he was in the best shape possible to secure a top spot.
Tommy said, “The competition went better than I could have imagined. I was pleased with my performance. In the warm-up, I worked my way up to 115kg so I knew I was mentally and physically ready to start the competition. I was confident I had a chance of securing a medal.”
“Lockdown has been hard. At times it felt as though there was no longer a purpose. I couldn’t go to the gym and I was training on my own. These competitions gave me the focus I needed. Achieving Gold after such a tough year is amazing.”
Securing the gold medal means that Tommy will now receive sponsorship to support his training and entry in forthcoming competitions which include the British Championships, World Championships and the 2024 Paris Paralympics.
Upon completing his secondary education, Tom enrolled onto the Sport Studies programme with CRC and has spent the last three years working his way up from the BTEC L2 to L4 HNC, which he will complete this summer. Looking ahead, Tommy plans to complete his Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Cambridge before topping up to a full degree to pursue his dream career as in Sports and Performance Analysis.
Reflecting on his journey through lockdown, Tommy concluded, “To be successful you need resilience, whether that is in your academic studies or as an elite sportsperson. Lockdown has shown how life can throw obstacles in our way. You have to able to adapt, stay strong and focus. This is what will lead you to success.”