Emily Campbell has become the recipient of a new Nottingham honour. (Credit: Eurosport YouTube)

The first ever British female weightlifter to win an Olympic medal, Emily Campbell, has been commemorated with a statue on the Leen corridor in Basford.

Originally from Bulwell in Nottingham, Campbell snatched up the Olympic silver in August 2021.

After a public vote, Campbell was chosen to be honoured with a statue along with two other Nottingham icons; community worker, Karl White and musician, Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

Competing in the 87kg+ weight division, Campbell set new British and Commonwealth records and became the first British Olympic weightlifting medallist since 1984.

After winning the medal, Campbell said: “You can achieve anything you want to achieve. I picked up a barbell five years ago for the first time and now I am an Olympic silver medallist.”

Campbell had claimed that a big part of her motivation for the Olympics was “to prove that women who look like me can have successful careers in sport”, when speaking to the BBC.

Campbell claims to have been dropped by brands who had approached her for sponsorship after discovering her clothing size.

She aims to change the perception around clothing sizes by contacting clothing brands to get them to produce clothes for plus sized women.

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