Britain’s strongest former winner is a PhD candidate at the University of Northampton


Siobhan Hyland.

Siobhán Hyland won Britain’s strongest woman title in 2011 and after years of competition she now balances the sport alongside her PhD at Northampton.

When Siobhán isn’t hitting the pounds at the University of Northampton, she trains, competes and coaches Olympic weightlifting, which is her “perfect release”.

The Northampton native divides her time between competitive weightlifting and exploring the backgrounds of Nazi war criminals.

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“A day looking at genocide photos can be tough, so getting into the gym and throwing weights really helps,” Siobhán said.

Along with her British title, she was also the Highland Games champion and competed in the World Strongwoman Championship.

Despite being at the heart of his doctorate and a global pandemic, sport still plays an important role in allowing him to relax and “use it for his well-being.”

She didn’t let the disruption to her training regime caused by the pandemic stop her, as she won bronze at the British virtual Olympic weightlifting championships this summer.

The closing of the gyms was a setback, but his garden, veranda, and the parking lot at the local garden center were his new training grounds.

“If you have the determination, drive and commitment, you can do it. This also goes for a doctorate, ”said Siobhán, who competes among the 35 to 39-year-olds.

“It just shows that you are never too old to start a new sport.”

There were more female athletes in the British squad who competed in the Tokyo Olympics this year, proving that the sport is becoming more and more popular among both men and women.

But none of them also study Nazi war criminals who lived in Britain after WWII and the anti-fascist group Searchlight, that’s for sure.


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