Olympic hopeful Zoe Smith makes Team GB

22/06/12

Zoe Smith

Teenager Zoe Smith is "over the moon" she has been selected to head a team of weightlifters for Team GB in the Olympics.

At just over five feet tall, Zoe will compete along with her five other team mates on 30 July.

The 18-year-old won a bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games when she was 16.

She was the youngest ever British weightlifter to qualify.

"I was over the moon when I found out I was going to be in Team GB. I did kind of expect it. But to have that burden lifted from my shoulders was great," said Zoe.

Weighing 9 stone 12 pounds she would beat a lot of grown men at back squats in the gym.

At her best she lifts 150 kilos - which is more than 23 stone.

Don't put any money on me winning. I'm probably the youngest and most inexperienced
Zoe Smith

Music motivates Britain's strongest female teenager.

"My competition song I listen to before I compete is Small Things by blink-182," she said.

When asked about going for an Olympic gold medal, Zoe replied: "Don't put any money on me winning. I'm probably the youngest and most inexperienced."

She is excited her first Olympics is in her home town, if she doesn't win this time: "Hopefully there will be the next time.

"Sometimes my mind runs away and I think, 'What would it be like to stand on the podium and get a gold?'. It's quite a nice feeling. I wouldn't mind that one-day."