2 X Olympian
6 x Commonwealth Medals
British Record Holder
Commonwealth record holder in both the snatch and total (under 63 kg category)
European Junior Champion 1999
Multiple European Medallist
Welsh Team Captain for 2010 Commonwealth Games
Expert weight lifting coach
Recipient of an MBE in 2011 for her services to weightlifting
Since retiring from competition, Michaela now focuses her time helping others achieve their potential.
Over the last 2 decades, Michaela has coached over 20 athletes to compete on the international stage, most recently, Ellie Pryor became Britain's first ever Youth Olympian in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. Coached by Michaela from the age of 11 years, Michaela has experience working with all ages and abilities from complete beginner through to elite athletes.
Michaela's career hasn't all been about the highs and great achievements, she has had to battle injuries and set backs. It is from these experiences that she has repeatedly fought back and each time become a stronger, more resilient athlete.
A great deal of the knowledge she now passes on through coaching is to make sure others avoid the many technical pitfalls and reduce the risk of injury, lessons Michaela has learned the hard way.
Michaela is arguably Britain’s most successful female weightlifter and Wales second most successful female athlete of all time at Commonwealth level. Michaela’s career spanned over 2 decades. In which time she represented Team GB at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
She won 6 medals over 4 consecutive Commonwealth Games as well as medals at European senior and junior and world junior level. Michaela holds British and Commonwealth records across 2 weight categories.
Having competed most of her career in the 58kg and 63kg bodyweight categories, Michaela has snatched 94kg and 100kg and clean & jerked 120kg and 122kg respectively (101kg snatch and 123kg Clean & Jerk weighing just 64kg). Michaela was awarded an MBE in the 2011 Queens Birthday Honours list.
Michaela prides herself on her own technical ability as well as that of those she coaches.
She is a firm believer on the importance of mastering the movements before loading. You can now learn directly from Michaela who now offers a variety of options from 1-1 and small group sessions to weekend and week-long training camps. If traveling isn’t an option for you then you can benefit from Michaela’s online video analysis.
These packages are designed to suit all ages and abilities.
When not coaching and passing on her technical knowledge for the sport, Michaela freelances as a Sports commentator. She also delivers motivational talks in schools and colleges across the country using her journey through sport as the vehicle to raise aspirations in young people.