Lift off for Manx athletes with weightlifting win

Erin Bonett and Sam Murphy with trainer Dan Bonett, centre

Erin Bonett and Sam Murphy with trainer Dan Bonett, centre

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Two weightlifters from Kirk Michael have put the Isle of Man on the map in the world of weightlifting.

Erin Bonett and Sam Murphy, both 25, recently competed in the Northern Open in Wakefield associated with the British Weightlifting Association (BWLA).

The two athletes surprised everyone by both winning their weight categories to take home the first place trophies.

Dan Bonett, who is married to Erin and coaches both athletes, said: ‘I don’t think Isle of Man weightlifters have really entered many competitions in the UK before so they were quite shocked when Erin and Sam both won.

‘Erin just missed competing in the 58kg division and had to move up to the 63kg class. She was the lightest girl in her competition so to win that was all the more impressive.

‘After Erin finished in her event the chairman of the BWLA approached me to discuss the possibility of a weightlifting team from the Isle of Man Weightlifting Association going to the Commonwealth Games.

‘He said he was going to send Erin’s results to the Commonwealth Games Association so he must have been impressed.

‘Sam’s been doing weightlifting for about a year and a half and Erin’s been doing it for about a year so their progress has been great.

‘Crossfit is Erin’s main sport, she’s already hit the qualifying totals for the British Championships with her performance at the Northern Open.

‘In Crossfit she’s just about to qualify for a major European Competition in January 2014.

‘Sam just missed out by 15kg for the weightlifting qualifying standard, but I’m working with him, trying to iron out a few things.

‘We just have to contact the BWLA and tell them which event we’re using as a qualifier and Sam can have another go.

‘We have a Crossfit competition in Denmark in April next year coming up though too.’

Dan owns Crossfit Isle of Man, in Douglas, with Erin and is hoping to be back competing himself soon after undergoing shoulder surgery.

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