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Funding Cut for Weightlifter Zoe Smith

Weightlifter Zoe Smith has been temporarily stripped of her personal funding just days after journalists voted her one of country’s top sports personalities.

In October, Smith, 16, became the first British woman to win a Commonwealth weightlifting medal and recently received the Outstanding International Newcomer Award at the SJA British Sports Journalism Awards.

Nevertheless, Smith’s personal funding has been withdrawn until February after staff at the sport’s governing body accused her of turning up for training ‘overweight and with no training programme’.

Smith said: ‘I am obviously gutted to feel that I do not have the support of my governing body after everything that I have achieved this year, not least my bronze medal success at the Commonwealth Games.

‘I am a 16-year-old girl and have to balance the pressures of school and my life away from weightlifting with training and competition,’ she added.

In related news, the Wonder Woman of British Athletics, Jessica Ennis (she can jump, throw and fly), was voted 2010 Sports Woman of the Year, while Beth Tweddle collected the UK Sport Award for fair play.

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Tags athletics, government, commonwealth games, Zoe Smith, Jessica Ennis, Beth Tweddle, Weightlifter
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