Competitive teen dancer becomes nationally ranked weightlifter

Throwing dumbbells that weigh more than she does is never something Bella Thompson-Hill saw herself doing.

« I love it because it makes me feel good, » Thompson-Hill said. « It makes me feel strong. »

The 17-year-old has been a competitive dancer all her life, but when she began to be done with the sport, Thompson-Hill made the unlikely choice to switch full-time to CrossFit and weightlifting. It was 21 months ago.

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« The first two weeks were really tough for me, » Thompson-Hill said. “I had never touched a bar in my life. My hands were pretty raw.

Thompson-Hill is part of CrossFit 306’s high performance teen program. Once she started training consistently for 2.5 hours, four times a week, it didn’t take long for her talent to grow. natural shines.

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« She listens carefully to all the cues and feedback we give her and she really tries and applies, » Thompson-Hill coach Jason Cain said. « She’s also incredibly hardworking. »

In just her second year in the sport, Thompson-Hill qualified for the National Junior Weightlifting Championships held in Quebec in early June.

Representing Team Saskatchewan, she entered the competition ranked first in her weight class.

« I hit 89 (kilograms) and that’s when I knew I had won, » Thompson-Hill said. « I was pretty thrilled. I was like, ‘Let’s go and do 92 (kilograms).’ I had more lift left and it went very well.

His 92-kilo clean and jerk and 71-kilo snatch earned him a combined score of 163.

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This score was good enough for a national gold medal and provincial and national records. Thompson-Hill’s success comes as no surprise to his coach – who was also at the nationals.

« You don’t become a Canadian champion by skipping workouts or skipping reps, » Cain said. « She does whatever we assign her to do every day she arrives. »

Thompson-Hill’s potential in weightlifting is limitless as she is still years away from reaching her peak in the sport and only started less than two years ago.

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She has big dreams but always remembers why she lifts in the first place.

“I would love to compete internationally one day,” said Thompson-Hill. « Honestly, I just do it because I like it a lot. »

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