Weightlifting granny picks up gold in Turin

Jean and her team
Jean and her team
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Mearns grandmother Jean McConville defended her weightlifting title and also took the gold medal at the World Masters Games in Turin last weekend.

She lifted with 10 other competitors, totalling 105kg to beat an Australian – her main rival - into silver medal position with an Italian taking bronze.

Jean on the podium

Jean on the podium

Jean trains three times a week at Newlife Fitness Club in Laurencekirk, owned by Gary and Sally Fairweather.

As Jean was competing in Turin, Gary and Sally were celebrating their wedding - a double day of celebrations for Laurencekirk Fitness Club.

Jean is a qualified nurse and midwife but retired from the NHS and retrained as a manual therapist with a special interest in sports 
injuries.

Talking about her gold medal victory, Jean said “It’s a great feeling standing on the podium and hearing Flower of Scotland playing out over the stadium, but you can’t win a gold medal on your own.

‘‘You need the support and help of many people- Gary for his personal training, my husband Stuart, John McNiven MBE my technical coach in Glasgow, Garry Nimmo my manual therapist and especially all the guys and girls at Newlife who have encouraged me especially when things didn’t always go to plan!

‘‘They all have a share in the gold medal – it belongs to everybody.

‘I have my sights set on the next World Masters Games to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in 2017, but before that there are the World Masters Weightlifting Championships in Copenhagen next August, and a lot of hard training.”