Oscar winning performance

OSCAR McFie has just won his first big Olympic weightlifting competition at the age of 11.

The Mossley Hollins High School Year 7 student, who is from Carrbrook, triumphed in an event at Newcastle.

And what made it extra special is that Oscar, a member of the Stalybridge-based Triple X Weightlifting Club, achieved his success despite having a medical condition.

Mum Kelly, herself a former champion weightlifter, explained: “Oscar has a condition called dyspraxia and he struggles with his co-ordination and motor skills so is quite clumsy.

Oscar McFie

“Weightlifting has improved his muscle tone and that has helped him manage the condition better.”

Kelly, a personal trainer and nutritionist, began weightlifting aged 34 and went on to finish eighth in the European Masters, which were held in Budapest, Hungary.

It has been a case of Oscar following in his mum’s footsteps as she explained: “I was training at Triple X and the club put on free classes for children.

“I took Oscar along when he was seven years of age and, four years later, he is still enjoying it.”

Oscar, who is mentored at Triple X by head coach Adam Travis, trains three times a week and the former Buckton Vale Primary also finds time to play football for Mossley Juniors.

And Kelly added weightlifting in a sport which is becoming increasingly popular for children.

In the event at Newcastle, Oscar lifted an impressive 24kg in the snatch and 34kg in the clean and jerk.

AMY Starkey, who featured in last month’s Correspondent, has enjoyed further success in her last-ever event at Under-15 level.


Amy Starkey

The 15-year-old from Carrbrook, an aspiring heptathlete, won a gold and silver medal wearing the vest of East Cheshire Harriers in the Terry Davies Memorial Open Meeting at Warrington.

What was as important was that Amy, a Year 10 pupil at Mossley Hollins High School, recorded huge personal bests in the shot putt and javelin.

Amy improved her best shot putt from 8.27m to 9.39m and in the javelin threw 27.77m as opposed to 25.87, her previous longest.

An athletics all-rounder, Amy is seeking to emulate the achievements of champions heptathletes Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson and is a member of a multi-event development group Venture Athletics which is based at Manchester’s SportCity.

Initially the former pupil at St Raphael’s Primary, Millbrook, enjoyed cross country and long-distance running before switching to concentrate on field events – she also excels at discus.

Amy has since taken part in her first U17 event, the Bury Athletic Club Throws Festival.

And she broke her two-week-old javelin personal best by another 1.44m, extending that to 29.21m.

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