Michaela started a competitive sporting career in Olympic weightlifting aged just thirteen. Initial training was to develop speed and power for athletics. It was after about eighteen months Michaela received her first call up for an International Weightlifting honours and since then has never looked back.
Michaela (quite literally) went from strength to strength, achieving British records and was the top ranked senior British female lifter by her late teens. Some of Michaela’s achievements are listed below:
- Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallist (in her 4th Commonwealth Games) in Glasgow 2014, as well as record holder for ‘snatch’ in 58kg category (20014 – current)
- Awarded an MBE in the Queens 2011 Birthday honours List for services to Weightlifting
- Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist – Delhi 2010
- Welsh Team Captain for Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010
- 15th in Olympic Games – Beijing 2008
- Commonwealth Games Champion – Melbourne 2006
- Commonwealth Games record holder for ‘snatch’ and ‘total’ in 63kg category (2006 – current)
- Appearance on Question of Sport on 5th May 2006
- 9th in Olympic Games – Athens 2004
- European medallist – 2003, 2005 and 2006
- European Union Champion – 2000
- World Junior medallist – 1998 & 1999
- European Junior Champion – 1999
- 12-time British Champion
- Was undefeated in GB over 2 decades
- Remains British record holder in 2 weight categories:
- 58kg category
- Snatch = 94kg
- Total = 212.5kg
- 58kg category
- 63kg category
- Snatch = 100kg
- 63kg category
Michaela trained in a weight controlled sport for 22 years. Not only has she experienced competition at the highest levels, she has also overcome many obstacles en-route, including a stress fracture in her back which hampered her performance in Beijing. Each time she was knocked down, she came back stronger demonstrating true fighting spirit and determination. Achieving a 22-year career is testament to her technical efficiency and attention to safety when lifting. When asked what she felt her biggest achievements were over such a long career, obviously 2 Olympic Games and Commonwealth Champion were right up there. But she now rates setting a new Commonwealth Games record in Glasgow, 2014 as one of her greatest achievements. At the age of 35 years, she has proved that age is no barrier. She is now delivering masterclasses, passing on her knowledge and experience within the Olympic Lifting and CrossFit communities.
Sinead is an experienced personal trainer, sports coach and mentor, with 10 years coaching experience in the industry. She has worked with a range of clients: from 11 years old to 70+ years young!! From those wanting to achieve weight-loss; fat loss; a healthier life; improve strength and fitness; to international athletes.
In 2012, Sinead graduated with a First Class BSc Honours Degree in Applied Psychology with Anatomy & Physiology. Sinead has gained a wealth of knowledge with regards to nutrition through her studies, and now in her practical application as she works with her PT clients, and international athletes, achieving significant positive results.
Sinead’s passion, and desire to succeed in whatever she does, comes down to wanting to make a difference. Sinead wants to make a positive impact to the lives of everyone she works with, and to every commitment she takes on. This has been the driving force behind Sinead establishing herself in the world of online training and nutrition; gaining the ability to reach out and make a difference to so many more clients. The results Sinead has achieved with individuals and small groups are second to none. Highly recommended as a Personal Trainer and nutritional advisor, Sinead has found herself fully booked and has struggled to balance that with her own training commitments, hence the need to move online and spread her support to a far wider audience.
A current Wales International rugby 7’s player, and a former junior International Netballer, Sinead commits a great deal of time to her own training – in her pursuit to perform at the highest level she possibly can: World Series Qualifiers in Hong Kong, followed by the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April 2018 with Wales Women’s Rugby 7s team is the goal! Sinead, like any sportswoman, has encountered her fare share of injuries – some had the potential to be career ending, but Sinead’s will to achieve and positive attitude has helped her along over the years and kept her on track towards achieving her goals.
Sinead and Michaela opened their own training facility: ‘Breeze’s Gym’ in South Wales, in 2012. Together, they made ‘Breeze’s Gym’ a great success, and sold the company in May 2017, to enable them to move on and peruse other ambitions, such as establishing this ‘Operation Transformation Program’ in an on-line capacity. With Breezes’ Operation Transformation, Sinead and Michaela will do all they can to inject their knowledge, experience, expertise and positivity in to your mindset, training and nutrition, to help you achieve your goals.