Young weightlifter has ex­ams and Olympics on hori­zon

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Sean Davies tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

BARNHILL Com­mu­nity High sixth for­mer Kian Pan­javi is used to the heavy load of A-level stud­ies but is now weigh­ing up the prospect of Olympic glory.

Pan­javi re­cently won a sil­ver medal for weightlift­ing at the 2015 Com­mon­wealth Youth Games, but is now at­tempt­ing to ace his A-lev­els while train­ing for fu­ture suc­cess.

The 17-year-old, from Hayes, trains three times a week regularly and steps that up to five or six ses­sions in the run-up to com­pe­ti­tion, but knows that his ed­u­ca­tion re­quires his full at­ten­tion as well.

He said: “It can be a chal­lenge to man­age my train­ing and also study for my A-lev­els as I tend to be so busy with one or the other.

“Thank­fully, so far my com­pe­ti­tions have been dur­ing the school hol­i­days, so right now I can fully con­cen­trate on my study­ing.

“I am hop­ing to gain my level two qual­i­fi­ca­tion in weightlift­ing coach­ing, but I have to wait un­til next July be­fore I can do this as you have to be 18. I am also go­ing to be train­ing and pre­par­ing for the 2020 Olympics, as I be­lieve by then I will be at my peak in my weightlift­ing ca­reer.”

Typ­i­cally, a weightlifter will hit their peak be­tween 22 and 28 and if Pan­javi con­tin­ues his cur­rent progress there is no rea­son why Barnhill could not have an Olympic gold medal­ist on their hands. The young­ster has had a highly suc­cess­ful sea­son, qual­i­fy­ing for the Com­mon­wealth and Euro­pean Youth Games and gained a place­ment at the Bri­tish Youth Cham­pi­onships, where he ended up win­ning the Youth Lifter 2015 ti­tle.

Pan­javi knows that his suc­cess is down to his com­mit­ment and rig­or­ous train­ing regime.

He said: “My coach writes me a full train­ing pro­gramme about two months be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion. I am also put on a spe­cial diet to make sure I’m the right weight for the com­pe­ti­tion weigh-in. For the Com­mon­wealth Games, I had to lose 4kg.”

The weightlift­ing star­let is coached by his fa­ther Kazem Pan­javi, a for­mer Olympian, giv­ing him a nat­u­ral route into the sport.

Pan­javi added: “My whole fam­ily are into weightlift­ing so I have grown up with it.

“My older sis­ter be­gan train­ing be­fore I was even born and my dad has achieved plenty of gold medals in the Asian, Ira­nian, Bri­tish and English cham­pi­onships.”

n CHAL­LENGE: Kian Pan­javi with his sil­ver medal from the Com­mon­wealth Youth Games; (right) in ac­tion at those Games

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