Mercy Brown

Further Personal Information
Residence
London, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
English
Higher education
Exercise Science - University of East London: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 15 in 2011 at secondary school. "When I started I never had an Olympic vision, I never had a dream to compete internationally for anybody – I just liked being involved in sport."
Why this sport?
She began weightlifting as part of her physical education class at school. "I ended up taking a liking to the sport and started competing. Eventually I started going to after school sessions, I was getting more and more involved, and then when I left secondary school I was still weightlifting, so I thought this is a sport that I'm good at, so I stuck at it."
Club / Team
Crystal Palace Weightlifting Club: London, ENG
Name of coach
George Manners [club]
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal at the 2016 Junior World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia. (weights4women.com, 13 Nov 2016)
Hero / Idol
Coach George Manners and Grenadian sprinter Kirani James. (Instagram profile, 27 Jul 2018; weights4women.com, 13 Nov 2016)
Injuries
In 2015 she competed at the junior world championships after recovering from an ankle injury. (voice-online.co.uk, 02 Jun 2015)

In 2013 she injured her shoulder, which required a three-month rehabilitation programme. (gllsportfoundation.org, 22 Nov 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Commit to your training and stay focused. In order to achieve what you want to achieve you have to invest the time into it. My coach always describes it as banking. You can only withdraw what you have deposited, so you need to be your goal, live your goal and work past your goal." (weights4women.com, 13 Nov 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2015 Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year in London, England. (wharf.co.uk, 19 Oct 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (pledgesports.org, 20 Jul 2017; weights4women.com, 13 Nov 2016)
Other information
COACHING
She works as a weightlifting coach at Fight For Peace, a gym in London, England. "The concept of Fight for Peace is very relatable for me because when I came into weightlifting, I came from quite a rebellious path into a sport which kind of changed the course of my life. So I feel that working here is perfect and coaching here was ideal and it made sense." In September 2015 she worked as a referee at the first official British Weight Lifting [BWL] event for the London Olympic Weightlifting Academy [LOWA] in England. (LinkedIn profile, 2017; fightforpeace.net, 26 Oct 2016; london-owa.com, 23 Sep 2015)

BEATING SENIOR RECORDS AS A JUNIOR
At the 2016 Junior World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia, she broke three senior British records after lifting 105kg in the snatch and 131kg in the clean and jerk, for a combined total of 236kg. (eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk, 05 Jul 2016)

CLOTHING BUSINESS
In 2017 she founded Transition LDN, a clothing brand which caters to athletes and uses the slogan 'Strength, power and excellence - strive to be better'. (Transition LDN Facebook page, 04 May 2018; Facebook page, 27 Jul 2018)

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