Calvino homes in on Olympic target
JO CALVINO hopes to reduce her working hours to concentrate on qualifying for the Olympics after taking another major step towards being selected.
The weightlifter from Upper Norword faces Olympic Trials in May, after again attaining the B standard to qualify at the European Championships, in Turkey.
"I've got the British Championship [in June] and the Olympic trials in five weeks' time.
"Qualifying is still open, but from my point of view it's all positive," said the 31-year-old who competed for England at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi two years ago.
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"I broke another British record in Turkey and finished 10th, but that gave me the B standard for the Olympics."
However, with no sponsorship and being outside the funding pool of British Weightlifting, she is balancing training and competing with work.
Calvino is a regional aquatic manager for sport leisure centre firm GLL.
Based at Crystal Palace, her remit includes leisure centres from Reigate and Banstead to Barnet and Tower Hamlets to Harrow.
"Things are going really well and the European performance was good, but there are areas I can improve. I'm feeling pretty comfortable at this body weight now," she said, having switched to the lower U48kg after the Commonwealths.
"It's just a matter of getting it right. My company are going to let me cut my hours. I'm talking to them about it this week."
With three men's and two women's spots up for grabs in the British team – and Zoe Smith has the A standard in her category – Calvino hopes her consistency will count. Emily Godley also has the B standard in her weight class.
She is ranked in the world's top 20 and Europe's top 10. "I'd like to think the selectors would be looking at these things.
"Each performance I'm doing is improving. In the last three major events I've broken records."
In Turkey, her 66kg in the snatch was a British record, followed by 84kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 150kg while narrowly failing to hold her 87kg lift.