A BROMSGROVE power lifting champion is hoping residents will throw their weight behind a campaign to help get her to the world games.
Kelly Phasey, of Montgomery Close, Catshill, is hoping to head to Luxenburg to represent her country at the big event in November.
The single mother of two needs to raise £500 for the trip which will see her take on some of the world’s finest as part of the showcase event.
The former Worcester Rubgy Club player first got into power lifting when she started working at Physique Fitness in Droitwich and a co-worker saw she looked relatively strong and asked her if she wanted to give it a go.
Along with working at the gym Kelly is a student and also works at Living Well Health Clubs in Bromsgrove.
She did a sponsored 1,000 body weight squats event at Living Well to help raise money towards her trip last week.
Before taking on the world championships, between November 9 and November 15, Kelly will need to get through the Western European Cup, in Spain, which is being held from September 10 to September 14. Kelly said she trained five times a week and did anything between an hour-and-half to two hours at a time.
She added everybody had been really supportive and her her brother, who lives in America, was even planning to go to the world games so he could see her in action.
Kelly said her 17-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter were also really excited and proud of her.
She added: “I do not think they can believe I am doing so well. I feel I have to do those things to prove how committed I am.
“It would mean everything to me to be able to go. How many people get to the chance to say they can go and represent their country against the world’s best.”
Kelly said it was easy to make excuses not to do something but she was not that way inclined.
“I just think if you want something bad enough you will do it – I do not like to be told I can’t or won’t be able to do something,” she added.
Visit www.gofundme.com/yu4kcg to help Kelly raise the money she needs.