Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Rachel became involved in the sport of Olympic weightlifting through her PE teacher at Birkenhead College. She has dedicated more than three and a half years to the sport where Rachel has competed in a number of events.
She was the Auckland Champion in her weight category as a junior lifter, and the Secondary School National champion of 2013. In 2015 she was ranked nationally fourth in the Junior age category for her weight class.
Rachel loves the sense of achievement and the adrenaline rush that comes from lifting a weight she hasn’t lifted before. She says training is intense, challenging, and requires a lot of self-motivation to push through the physical and mental fatigue that comes with the sport as it is very individual.
Currently, Rachel is in her third year of a Bachelor of Science, majoring in biology. Once she has finished her studies, Rachel hopes to either become a paediatrician or work in the fields of immunology or neurophysiology.
Auckland Olympic Weightlifting Championship - 17/07/2015
This event was held at The Millennium Institute of Sport and Health. There were a large number of athletes that competed overall - although there were more male competitors than female. This competition was being utilised as a precursor training session for those wishing to attend The Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow and the Oceania's being held in New Caledonia later this year.
The female competition was fierce with lifters endeavouring to outlift athletes in their weight and age class as well as those that were not.
Rachel competed through NorthSport Olympic Weightlifting Club, and placed first in her weight category of 75+kg with a total of 110kg; 50kg snatch and 60kg clean and jerk. Overall, Rachel placed 7th in this competition.