A teenage female powerlifter, tipped as a future sports star, has the chance to compete at a major championship in Canada.
Seventeen-year-old Danielle Ellington, of Upwell, needs to raise around £2,000 if she is to test her strength against some of the world’s best young lifters at the World Classic International Powerlifting Federation competition in Calgary in June.
The former Downham Market High School pupil, who has been tipped for the top by her King’s Lynn-based coach James Jeffries, is hoping to attract sponsorship in order to compete.
Danielle, who is studying A-levels at the town’s College of West Anglia, is using money from her part-time job at Lynn’s New Look to help achieve her ambitions but this will not cover all her costs.
Already a world champion for weights above her sub-junior category, Danielle started powerlifting at the age of 14.
She was invited by Mr Jeffries to join in training sessions at North Lynn’s Motiv8 Powerlifting Club after watching her grandad Dan Ellington train. Since then, she has broken British and world records at British Drug Free Powerlifting Association (BDFPA) competitions.
Danielle has qualified for the Calgary competition in all three disciplines – squat, bench and deadlift – and said having the chance to take on some of the world’s best would be a dream come true. Her current records are 192.5kg deadlift, 75kg bench and 137.5kg squat.
Also a keen dancer in her spare time, Danielle wants to take competing to the next level.
“I am hoping businesses or organisations might come forward with sponsorship,” she said.
Mr Jeffries explained: “The federation (IPF) is the largest and most competitive in the world and had recently gained Olympic recognition.
“I have lifted and won in this federation internationally and have to say it’s incredible. The sport is now snowballing at an exceptional speed and, if Danielle came back with a medal, it would be the equivalent of an Olympic medal.
“She is an incredibly talented girl with enormous potential and I think she is capable of a gold medal in the deadlift. I can’t portray how huge this would be for British sport.
“And, if the sport makes it to the Olympics, which is possible, she would be high on the list to compete and represent the UK.
“I have to say she’s the brightest star I’ve ever seen in this sport and her potential to keep getting stronger is unbelievable. She could be the strongest under 18-year-old female in the world.”
Danielle’s next competition is the BDFPA nationals at Weston-super-Mare over the weekend of February 17 and 18.
If you can help Danielle call her coach on 07909617555.