Glasgow 2014: Christie Williams targets weightlifting success

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Sprinter turned weightlifter Christie Williams says her coach Michaela Breeze has had a "positive and life-changing" impact on her.

Sprinter-turned-weightlifter Christie Williams is hoping to continue her rapid progress in the sport when the Commonwealth Games is over.

She is in Wales' weightlifting team 16 months after taking up the sport.

Williams will be competing in the same category in Glasgow as her coach, two-time gold medallist Michaela Breeze.

"I'd like to know where I can go from here," said Williams. "If, only a year on, I'm at the Commonwealth Games, where can I be in four years time?"

The 21-year-old from Aberaman in Rhondda Cynon Taf, used to compete in the 100m and javelin for Bridgend and Wales.

But problems with her knees forced Williams to look for another sport, and she decided to try weightlifting at Breeze's gym in Aberdare following advice from a friend.

Breeze, who won gold at the 2002 and 2006 Games and captained the Wales team in Delhi four years ago, winning silver, spotted Williams' potential and is now her coach.

Williams qualified to compete alongside Breeze in the 58kg category and admits she is going to Glasgow for the experience.

"Realistically I'd like to achieve five out of six lifts in the competition if nerves don't hit me," said Williams.

"I'd like to achieve new personal bests in the snatch, the clean and jerk and then in the overall.

"With the adrenalin and everything, I should have that bit of extra energy [and] I'll be able to push myself that bit more.

"I just want to achieve and make the Welsh proud."

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