Teenage weightlifter Angus Corey propels past injury on Scotland debut

Angus teenager Corey Paterson is rising in the world of weightlifting with his Scottish debut – after learning the sport to strengthen his weak feet.

The 17-year-old from Arbroath says he can’t wait to don the shirt at home for a Celtic Nations showdown against Wales and Ireland.

And Corey’s team selection is a remarkable turnaround for the sports-mad youngster who hit the gym to try the sport for the first time.

Corey Paterson trains at Warehouse Gym in Arbroath. Photo: Mhairi Edwards/DC Thomson

Corey struggled with weak bones that terribly stopped him in his tracks when he was just 13 years old.

“I did karate and athletics, but I couldn’t avoid injuries,” the Arbroath Academy student said.

“I broke my foot and then we discovered that I had weakness in my bones due to vitamin D deficiency.

He added: ‘I just couldn’t stay away from a moon boot or crutches’

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So he hobbled over to Warehouse Gym in Arbroath to see if weightlifting might be the answer.

And the results have been spectacular.

Corey discovered a passion for Olympic weightlifting and lifted 102 kg in the clean and jerk.

His best snatch lift is currently 82kg.

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Corey is one of the best young lifters in the country. Photo: Mhairi Edwards/DC Thomson

“At first I wasn’t aiming for anything special, it was just a way of trying to recover from my foot issues,” he said.

“But I love the sport now and I train four or five times a week.

“I then got into competition, but I only started regional competitions about six months ago.

“So I was surprised when I got selected for Scotland, but it’s a big honour.”

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Corey does hours of practice every week. Photo: Mhairi Edwards/DC Thomson

The Celtic Nations competition takes place in Dundee in mid-October, so Corey is assured of strong home support.

“A lot of my friends and people from the gym are planning to come see how I’m doing,” he said.

Corey, a sixth-grader, says he hopes to pursue a sports-related career.

And his own competitive ambitions are very high.

“I hope to eventually make it to the Commonwealth Games for Scotland, that would be amazing.”

‘Incredible’ progress

Gym owner Lee Page said it was a pleasure to watch the teenager’s talent blossom.

“I’ve been training Corey since he was 13 after he had to stop his karate completely.

“It was decided to incorporate resistance training, i.e. strength training, because of its positive effect on bone density.

“That’s where I came in,” said Lee, an international weightlifter, weightlifting record holder and former bodybuilder.

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Lee Page, gym owner and trainer, with Corey. Photo: Mhairi Edwards/DC Thomson

“Corey used to literally hobble around the gym to meet me for his sessions.

“The turnaround is just amazing. You wouldn’t believe it’s the same boy.

“Corey showed he had the skills and the passion for the sport.

“He has competed over the past year and a half, winning competitions and is now ranked as the third best young lifter in Scotland.

“That’s what earned him a call up to the national team in the upcoming Celtic Championships against Wales and Ireland.”

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