Norwich City Football Club is delighted to welcome Amber Hannant as our Community Hero against Sheffield Wednesday. Amber has recently won the junior title at the World Powerlifting Championship six years after suffering life-threatening injuries in a car crash.
Amber was involved in an accident which left her with a broken pelvis, ruptured spleen, punctured lung and broken ribs, and after two days in a coma she was moved to intensive care. After a few months in a wheelchair and recovering from her injuries, she was told to build up her strength.
“After my accident I can honestly say I was pleased just to be able to walk again and to take the steps towards living even half a normal life again,” says Amber. “I would never have dreamed I’d be competing in a sport I hadn’t actually heard of at the time.
“I started my powerlifting back in March 2016 and took part in my first powerlifting event in July 2016. This led to smashing the British National Championships in February 2017 and placing 2nd in my weight and age category as well as setting a new British record for lifting 67.5kg in the bench press.”
Following on from her success in the British National Championships, Amber was selected along with 11 of the best powerlifters in England to be part of the official England team. Amber travelled to Ireland in July 2017 to compete in the 4 Nations Championships against Ireland, Scotland and Wales, where the team brought home the winning trophy.
Amber recently achieved her goal of travelling to America for the World Powerlifting Championships where she competed in the squat, bench and deadlift categories, beating two British records and a European record.
The results meant Amber won the junior title for her weight category 58.5kg, won the open category for competitors over 24 years old and came fourth overall. “Winning World Championships was an incredibly proud moment,” she says. “To see the results of a combination of a year’s hard work and the countless hours of training had all been worth it, and it was overwhelming.”
Next year, Amber will move up to the open category and will try to achieve her next dream of becoming the European and world champion. “I hope to place 1st and set some more records in the British and World Championships in 2018.”
Please give a big Carrow Road welcome this afternoon to Amber as she brings out the match ball ahead of our game against Sheffield Wednesday.
At every Sky Bet Championship home match, Norwich City will invite a deserving community-minded individual(s) to be their ‘Community Hero’ and place the match ball on to a special plinth prior to kick off.
Whether the individual works in the emergency services or the armed forces, is a carer or charity champion, a super fan or a regional sporting hero, the initiative celebrates their contribution to the local community. If there is anyone you think deserves special recognition for their community efforts or personal achievements, please contact the Club via firstname.lastname@example.org