By Aileen MacLennan
A science teacher from Oban High School has been selected to represent Scotland at this year’s Commonwealth Powerlifting Federation Championships in New Zealand.
Jodie Hoey, pictured above, started powerlifting during lockdown and only took part in her first ever competition in January this year when she competed in the West of Scotland Championships. The 26-year-old went on to qualify for the Scottish Championships in June, before the Scottish Power Lifting Federation selected her to compete in the Commonwealth Championships in November this year in Auckland.
She said: “I’ve always been pretty active, swimming, running and going to the gym. My husband used to do squats, bench and deadlift with his friends for fun, so I’d fancied doing weights for a while, and just before lockdown my friend mentioned competing in powerlifting so I thought I’d give it a go. I started going to Atlantis Gym and using the gym at the school after work, and developed my deadlift, squat and bench before joining the Scottish Power Lifting in December.
“I’ve never travelled outside Europe before and never, ever thought I would have the opportunity to represent Scotland in an international competition, so I’m both excited and nervous.
Jodie, who also teaches PE and is a former pupil at Oban High, trains five times per week for 2.5 hours and her official personal best for the squat lift is 115kg, bench is 55kg and deadlift is 147.5kg.
Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, right, said: “From starting powerlifting in 2020, to being selected by the Scottish Power Lifting Federation to represent her country on an international platform just two years later, Jodie is an outstanding role model to the young people she teaches at Oban High.
“Not only is she showing pupils that anything is possible, she is defying gender stereotypes in a sport that has been historically male dominated. Jodie is empowering young people and is a true inspiration. I wish her every success in New Zealand and can’t wait to hear how she gets on.”