Weightlifters drive each other on to new heights

05/09/2017 – 9am on a Friday morning and Fight for Peace Olympic weightlifters Mohez and Jawany have already been in the gym for an hour, honing their technique, building their strength and helping each other to be the best they can be; “we don’t stop”, says Jawany. Under the guidance of their coach and Team GB weightlifter Mercy Brown, these two athletes are Fight for Peace’s first competitive Olympic weightlifters, having recently come second and third in a British Juniors qualification event in south London.

Olympic weightlifting was introduced at the Fight for Peace London Academy some 18 months ago and has attracted interest for its unique strength and technical demands. Mohez was initially attracted to the sport having come across the discipline as part of his strength and conditioning studies at university. Jawany, meanwhile, was intrigued by the fact that weighlifting presented so many different technical aspects to other sports he had tried and this posed a challenge that he was keen to take on.

As in all sports practised at Fight for Peace, to reach a competitive level requires great dedication and self-motivation. This demands time and a strong commitment to improving. “I think I can always be better, lifting allows me to set certain targets and chip away at them every day until I reach them and once I do it’s a mixture of relief and self-satisfaction”, explains Jawany. This notion of striving to be better is shared by Mohez who believes that life is about following your passions and who, despite coming an impressive second place in his competitive debut and making the British Junior qualification level, feels he has “a bit more in the tank.”

There is little doubt that the success of these two weightlifters has been accelerated by their friendship and desire to drive each other forward. “Having someone like Jawany as a training partner is really inspiring as he is one of the hardest working individuals that you will ever meet,” says Mohez, “we record each other on our phones to analyse our technique and also help to push one another to the fullest.” Jawany similarly credits his progress with the support his training partner gives him: “there’s certain aspects I’m better at and certain things he’s better at, that way we can always help each other with techniques, lifts and mentally it pushes both of us to be better, especially when there are days when I’m finding it tough and he helps me power through it.”

The solidarity and team work shown by these athletes is inspirational and epitomises Fight for Peace’s values. As they look to their next competitive outings, neither athlete lacks the drive required to make further improvements and both are focused on learning more about this highly technical Olympic sport. As Mohez outlines, “my next steps are to continue to grow and learn the ins and outs of the sport and I hope to achieve more medals.” The London Academy will be watching closely as these lifters continue to progress.