POWERLIFTER Kelly Phasey says it will be ‘a dream come true’ to represent Great Britain at the European Open Championships.
Phasey, from Catshill, will travel to Chemitz in Germany next week to compete in the tournament after becoming the British Equipped Champion last month.
The 39-year-old, who trains at Physique Fitness in Droitwich, said she has been working tirelessly to get to this point as she only took up the sport 18 months ago.
But Phasey, who played rugby for Worcester Ladies for a number of years before hanging up her boots in 2013, insisted she was still amazed how far she had come.
“I took up power-lifting when I was working at a gym in Droitwich as I was looking for something to do to replace rugby,” she said.
“I am quite a determined character, so I really put my mind to it, worked hard and aimed high.
“I am improving all the time as it is not only a physical thing it is a mental thing and the more I do it the more confident I am becoming.”
She added: “Having only been competing in this sport for just over 18 months, I’m delighted that I’ve been crowned British Champion in my weight category.
“It’s an absolute dream come true and an honour for any athlete to have the opportunity to represent their country and I shall continue to work hard to ensure I’m in the best possible position to perform at my best on the day.”
Phasey is no stranger to responding to pressure having helped Worcester Ladies secure the Premiership in her final year with the club, but she told The Standard she was still wary that nerves could get the better of her.
“It will be a really tough field, so I don’t expect to go there and win anything,” she said.
“I am just taking each competition as it comes and making sure I am learning all the tricks of the trade to get every single kilo out of every single lift and making sure I don’t let the nerves get to me on the day.”