Introducing Kristine Santos, Brookes Ambassador and U23 British Champion
Wednesday, 09 May 2018
Kristine lifting at Brookes Sport, Headington
Since this is my first post I would like to briefly introduce myself. Hi!! My name is Kristine and you probably know me as the loud girl in the free weights room, downstairs at the Headington gym. I also always wear something pink, whether it's my weightlifting shoes, socks, top, leggings, sports bra or anything pink. I am the current British Under-23 champion in my weight class (-48kg and probably the lightest 48kg lifter to ever compete at a national level). I am also a student-athlete and BUCS silver medallist in 2017 and 2016. My two most recent competitions were the Pan-Cypriot championships, which were held in Cyprus, where I came 4th and the English Senior Championships in January where I placed 6thmaking me the 6th best -48kg lifter in the country and the youngest competitor on that stage!
You probably know me as the loud girl in the free weights room, downstairs at the Headington gym. I also always wear something pink, whether it's my weightlifting shoes, socks, top, leggings, sports bra or anything pink
Olympic weightlifting is one of the things I am very passionate about. I started lifting in March 2016 but have made a lot of progress over the last 2 years! Thanks go to Brookes for providing the best equipment for gym users; from the additional weightlifting platforms, to the women’s bar and proper weightlifting plates. Without all of these I wouldn’t have been able to train and prepare for all of my competitions.
I have always wanted to start a weightlifting club, however, there were not a lot of people who knew about the sport when I started, hence I did not get enough people to start a club with me. For the last 2 years I have competed for Brookes at the British University Championships alone, but I wanted to change that this year, so I started training 2 athletes (Zach and Karolina) in November with the hope of getting them qualified for this year’s BUCS to compete alongside me for Brookes.
We made a whatsapp group, organised training sessions together, talk about weightlifting (a lot!) and motivate each other. It's mutually beneficial as I was able to help them progress by coaching them and I gained two amazing friends/training buddies who motivate me so much especially on really hard training days. Coaching helped me a lot with my own lifting as it made me want to learn more about the sport and especially the technical aspects of each lift – the snatch and the clean and jerk. I also found that having a group of people to train with made my sessions a lot more fun and enjoyable. From November-February we put in so much effort in training to get the qualifying total we need for BUCS.
Read Kristine's piece next week where she'll speak about her experiences helping Karolina qualify for BUCS.
You can find Kristine on Instagram