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An LCCVI student is making her mark in the world of weightlifting internationally.
Marlowe Robinson went six-for-six in lifts at the 2020 Pan American Under-15 Championships and in the process established a trio of personal bests.
Competing over Zoom from Garage Weightlifting at the We Are Fitness facility in Point Edward, she had a 48 kilo lift in the snatch, 59 kilo in the clean and jerk and 107 kilos overall, in the women’s 55 kilogram category.
Robinson set the three personal records at the event which was originally to be held in person in Colombia.
The Grade 10 LCCVI student does not know where she will finish in the standings as lifters have until Friday to complete the virtual competition due to pandemic restrictions.
The 15 year-old trains three to four times per week for up to three hours each day since taking up the sport four-and-a-half years ago.
“I’ve grown up around the sport,” she said when asked how she became interested in weightlifting in the first place.
Her father, Larry Robinson, has been a mainstay in weightlifting for more than three decades. He was recently honoured by the Ontario Weightlifting Association for 35 years of service.
Depending on how the COVID-19 pandemic affects the sport in the future, Marlowe Robinson is scheduled to compete at the provincials in March 2021 at a yet to be determined location.
The provincials were to have taken place earlier this month, but like so many other competitions, were cancelled due to the global pandemic.
As for Robinson’s long-term goals, “I’d like to compete internationally at the World Championships and the Olympics,” she said. “The Olympics would be really cool.”