GB Weightlifting – Mercy Brown kindly talks to Weights 4 Women

Welcome to Weights 4 Women Mercy!

Please introduce yourself and give us a bit of background information on how you were introduced to Olympic Weightlifting?

Hello, I am Mercy Brown and I am 20 years old and have been competing in Olympic Weightlifting for 5 years. In this time, I have been to every international except an Olympic Games. Across the years I have medalled in multiple internationals which include the European Youth 3rd Place, European Junior Champion, European Senior 3rd place. I also came 4th at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

I would like to congratulate you on your recent performance at the European Championships in Norway. Can you explain to the readers how the competition went?

The competition was a very interesting competition and one that I had trained particularly hard for. This was my first European Seniors and there was a lot expectation that I had placed on myself, as I always want to do the best that I can. So much so that I was nervous, but training was good and I was fit. I was working closely with my support team which includes my coach George Manners, team head coach Keith Morgan, my physio Tim Allardyce at Croydon Physio. I was prepared well and performed well.

I came 3rd on the snatch and 3rd overall. I really didn’t expect to medal at my first European seniors but it was always realistic. I always prepare myself to do what it takes to get a medal so I was focused on each individual lift as I know the coaches won’t put me in a dangerous predicament. The weight that has been called is what I am capable of and that’s what I remember. I feel like that what made it a great comp without too much pressure.

Mercy Brown GB Weightlifting Weights 4 WomenPhoto – Gregor Winter @ All Things Gym

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?

My greatest achievement at the moment is medaling at the 2016 junior world championships. This was a medal I had been working for since my first international it was a goal I had in mind and one that I though slipped away. Preparation for this competition wasn’t great and I was burnt out training to attempt the qualification for Rio 2016. I decide that at my final junior worlds I would have fun, relax and do what I can. I went on to get 5/6 lifts I even stood up successfully with a PB attempt but it got called for a press out and even set multiple British Records. It was a great experience and one I treasure as it was a defining part of my career and my maturity as an athlete.

Mercy Brown GB Weightlifting Weights 4 WomenPhoto – Gregor Winter @ All Things Gym

What does your training programme look like at the minute? Can you briefly talk us through it?

There is no specific look at my programme, my coach George Manners writes the programme and I do it. I never really look to deep into things because I don’t want to think on the bar and become critical of myself. I take the summaries of what I need to be doing and what we are working on and apply it and follow my programme.

Favourite lift – Snatch or Clean and Jerk?

Neither, both have their ups and downs.

Who inspires Mercy Brown?

My coach George Manners, my team mates and myself.

If you could give the females reading this one bit of training advice, what would it be?

Commit to your training and stay focused. In order to achieve what you want to achieve you have to invest the time into it. My coach always describes it as banking. You can only withdraw what you have deposited, so you need to be your goal, live your goal and work past your goal.


Mercy Brown GB Weightlifting Weights 4 WomenPhoto – Gregor Winter @ All Things Gym

Participation numbers in Olympic Weightlifting have been slowly increasing over the last couple of years. How do you think we can get more women into the sport?

I feel that the GB women’s team are working hard at what they do which I feel has affected the increase, they have been inspiring and been working hard. We have broken many barriers and many stereotypical perceptions so I feel now it’s down to people changing their mind-set you got to break past your own stereotypes, your own stigma’s and doubts and worries. You’ve got to weigh it all up and decide what is more important, whether it’s how others see you or you see yourself.

What are your future goals? Can you share one short term and one long term goal with us?

My main goal is to compete at my second Commonwealth Games in 2018 and to compete at Tokyo 2020. Those are my priorities and as I have accomplished everything I’ve wanted, these will be the icing on the cake.

Thank you for your time, Mercy. Is there anything you would like to add?

You’re welcome and anytime. It has been a pleasure and I am grateful for the platform you’ve given to share about what I believe is my God given purpose.

I would like to take time to all that have supported me and all that continue to support me.

Thank you to my sponsors and partners that make all of this possible.

Mercy Brown GB Weightlifting Weights 4 WomenPhoto – Gregor Winter @ All Things Gym

If any of the readers would like to find out more about you, where`s the best place for them to go?

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