Lisa Tobias, a local mum who volunteers her time to deliver gymnastics coaching at Calderwood Lodge Primary School, was selected as part of the Scottish weightlifting team at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Lisa actually has a history in Gymnastics, choosing to stop competing in her early 20's due to a work/life balance after more than 15 years participating. However three years ago at the age of 34, Lisa stumbled across power lifting through one of her old coaches, and within a short period of time she had become Scottish, European and World Champion. The transition to Olympic style weightlifting soon followed.
Despite working incredibly hard to earn a place on Team Scotland for 2018, Lisa still dedicates some of her time to coaching gymnastics to pupils at Calderwood Lodge as part of the Active Schools programme in the school. Prior to Lisa departing for Brisbane the pupils had arranged a send-off celebration with good luck messages.
Lisa's dedication to her new-found sport resulted in an 8th place finish in her first major Games last week, a fantastic achievement given her relatively recent participation and all at East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure would like to say congratulations on such a brilliant performance and thank you for continuing to support grass-roots sport at Calderwood Lodge.
Speaking before she travelled with the team she said;
The kids at school had asked me to take a club and I agreed. It started off with a lunch time and after-school club with the intention to give every child a chance to try gymnastics. We've now progressed to a point where we have Calderwood Lodge competing in the Scottish Gymnastics Finals in a few months' time. Given my background in switching sports, the main message I try to get across is for them to be hard-working and passionate for what they do, to show them that anything is possible if you give it your all.
Training is going really well; I feel the strongest I've ever been. It'll be really tough to medal with the quality that some other nations have but I'll be looking to beat the Scottish combined record and see what happens from there.
Lisa Tobias, Parent Volunteer and Team Scotland Weightlifter
Having a local person who has such rich knowledge of sport and can also share her tales of high-performance sport to the children she works with is a true amazing asset to have. The kids love having Lisa around and Lisa's passion for sport, not just Gymnastics or Weightlifting is clear to see. Her 8th place finish is an inspiration to anyone looking to try a new sport and I'm sure the send-off she received from the pupils at Calderwood really motivated her.
Steven Percy, Active School Coordinator