Leeds beauty queen’s Commonwealth Games dream

Sarah Davies. PIC: Ross Parry
Sarah Davies. PIC: Ross Parry
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A superfit weightlifter has turned the stereotype of the sport on its head, by qualifying for the Commonwealth Game while competing as a beauty queen.

PE teacher Sarah Davies, 21, who works at Temple Moor High School in Crossgates, says she is passionate about changing the image of women with her contrasting roles.

She said: “I hope that because I’m so far from the stereotypical beauty queen, young people will realise that the way to get the body you want isn’t through starving yourself.

“I also like that one breaks the stereotype of the other, as people think female weightlifters should be really butch looking and beauty queens should be tall, blonde and rake thin.

“It shows you don’t have to be manly to enjoy the sport and you don’t have to be skinny to be a beauty queen. They’re both great fun and anyone can do it.”

Sarah, a former Miss Leeds, qualified for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the English Weightlifting Championships.

She is also set to take part in the Senior World Championships in November in Kazakhstan - while having her sights on the Miss Galaxy England crown on March 9.

Sarah, from Leeds, already holds the regional Miss Preston Galaxy title and winning the England crown would see her go to the final in America in August.

Sarah trained as a gymnast from the age of five and got into weightlifting thanks to boyfriend Jack Oliver, who came 10th in the sport during the London Olympics.

Her first foray onto the catwalk came in March 2012 when she won Miss Leeds as a student in the city.

At the moment she spends 20 hours a week training for weightlifting while also preparing for the required charity events in the Miss Galaxy England event.

She added: “It can be hectic trying to fit everything but I am lucky that the timing of the school day means I can fit everything in at the best time for me.”

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