CHARD'S Emily Greenway has won a bronze medal at the European Powerlifting Championships in Sweden last week.

Her final score in the three categories was 190kg squat; 92.5kg bench and a 200kg deadlift which was a new personal best.

The squat score was an equal personal best for Emily and it was also enough for her to win a silver medal in the category.

In powerlifting athletes get three attempts at each lift and the best score is taken from those, this is to allow for some mistakes throughout the event.

But for Emily she hit each and every one of her lifts meaning she went nine from nine and despite the pressure of the European Championships she made no mistakes.

Chard & Ilminster News: Emily in the zone

Speaking to the Chard & Ilminster News, Emily said she is so proud of her achievement.

"I am extremely proud of myself and my achievement.

"I always dreamt of representing Great Britain in powerlifting and to not only do that but also finish in third place in Europe is really special.

Emily's teammate Sophia Ellis finished in second place meaning that GB women also had enough points to finish second overall.

"For Great Britain to finish in second is a great achievement also, it was so good to see Sophia in second next to me on the podium.

"As much as it is an individual sport it is also a team sport and we have worked so hard together so it was nice to share that moment," Emily said.

Towards the end of the competition Emily was in third place with just a few deadlifts left for her nearest competitors.

She said the GB coach warned her that other athletes were trying to overtake her by increasing their lifts more and more.

"Figuratively speaking I was under attack towards the end as a number of athletes were trying to knock me off the podium.

"I had to focus on my last few lifts and get them right, which I did but the difference between third and fourth was just 10kgs in the end."

Chard & Ilminster News: Emily in the zone

Emily is coached by Pierre Shillingford, who was unfortunately unable to make it but her partner Luke was with her in Sweden.

"It was great to have Luke there with me, he is always a big help, and it was good for me to know that I can get the job done without my coach there."

Up next for Emily is the British Championships in March 2022 where she can compete to qualify for the GB team once more but more importantly she is getting married in the New Year.