An Uxbridge College student has his eye on the Olympics after being selected for Team GB development programme for weightlifting.

Nam Ahmadi, who has smashed several weightlifting records, is due to spend a fortnight at the Team GB development camp in March.

The camp provides a pathway to Olympic competition and those who do well progress to the elite squad.

He also hopes to qualify for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the European Weightlifting Championships, and is looking for funding to support his training and competitions.

Ahmadi said: “It’s a great experience - the environment really encourages you to do your best. The top lifters come and train there so you get a chance to see what they do and to learn from them. You’re there with people who really want to train and that is really motivating.”

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Last year saw Ahmadi break the U18 clean and jerk British Record three times. In October at the British U18 Championships­ he grabbed first place and smashed the clean and jerk record and just missed breaking British total record. He aims to break at least two more British records this year.

Ahmadi trains at Stars for The Future in Hayes with coach Kazem Panjavi, a former Olympian weightlifter.