Michaela Breeze /

Michaela Breeze

Date of Birth

17 May 1979

Sport

Weightlifting

From

Aberdare

Twitter

@michaelabreeze

Biography

Michaela started weightlifting over 20 years ago and will go down in history as one of Wales' most successful athletes.

Glasgow 2014 was Michaela's fourth Commonwealth Games after making her debut at Manchester 2002 where she won gold in the 58kg snatch and a silver in the clean and jerk. The former PE teacher then went on to win another gold at the Melbourne 2006 Games and a silver from Delhi 2010.

Now the owner of Breeze's Gym in Aberdare, Michaela came out of retirement to compete at Glasgow 2014, motivated by a desire to push athletes she was coaching towards qualifying for the Games themselves. Breeze won a bronze medal in the 58kg competition, setting a new Commonwealth Games snatch record and subsequently announced her second retirement.