Commonwealth Games: Weightlifting athlete returns to her job at M&S

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Weightlifting athlete Sky Norris, who represented Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games, has revealed she has a job at the grocery store



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A Jamaican weightlifter who competed in the 2022 Commonwealth Games has revealed she’s juggling training with a job at the grocery store.

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Sky Norris, who lives in Crystal Palace, started weightlifting when she was just 17 years old. This week she became one of the first female weightlifters to represent Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games.

The 23-year-old finished sixth out of 11 competitors in the women’s 55kg category on Saturday (July 30) at the Birmingham National Exhibition Center.

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She totaled 170 kg – lifting 78 kg in the snatch and 92 kg in the clean and jerk – beating her own personal best.

She was just 4kg behind fifth place and 33kg behind first place finisher Adijat Olarinoye of Nigeria.

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Sky made it to the international sports event, which only takes place every four years, completely self-financed.

The athlete, who holds British-Jamaican citizenship, works in Operations at Marks and Spencer in Elephant and Castle.

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She works the morning shift five days a week, starting at 6:30 am and ending at 10:30 am. After work, she endures a two-hour session with her trainer at the Crystal Palace Weightlifting Gym.

On April 21 of this year, a GoFundMe The page was set up to help Sky raise money after being selected for the competition as “funding for weightlifting is limited” and “athletes are expected to fund expenses not covered by the Association to be adopted”.

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The site had a goal of £300 and at the time of writing there were 71 donations totaling £2943.

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