Daughter of Mr Ken Cupid a stalwart in the diaspora and the PRO of the National Executive Committee of Vincentian Associations, is lifting her way to the Commonwealth Games.
Rayen Cupid a single mother who resides in Norbury, UK, s proving that age is no barrier, as she lifts her way to stardom.
According to the croydonguardian Cupid has been in the sport of weightlifting for just three years, but has already managed to accomplish something that others spend a lifetime trying to achieve; represent her country at the Commonwealth Games.
“I’ve always been into the sport but I got bored of just being really strong,” she said. “When I was 27 I was told I was too old to get into the sport and I was gutted.”
Not long after, she teamed up with her coach, George Manners. That’s when the idea to represent Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in weightlifting began.
Here is the rest of her story as reported by croydonguardian
“It was unusual to put that hope in my head,” Rayen said. “It’s been a crazy process because I haven’t been doing it for very long at all.”
Now at 32, Rayen is proving the doubters wrong. In September this year, she travelled to Australia to take part in the final qualifier for the games.
She didn’t disappoint.
“In my sport, they consider 32 to be kinda old,” Rayen said. “The lifters I compete against have been doing this most of their lives.
“It just hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Rayen said. It’s the support from her family that has helped her stay focused this whole time.
“I’ve worked so hard and I’m so proud because my daughter has been able to see me do something a bit different,” the special needs teacher at a Bromley school said
“My brother has been shouting from the rooftops to support me as well.
There is one final hurdle she has to clear before she can book her ticket though That is for the committee from her country in charge of sending athletes to the games, to give her the go-ahead.
“Up until this point I have paid for every outfit, competition tracksuit, plane ticket, all myself,” Rayen said.
“I didn’t want to give them a reason to say no to sending me because it is obviously very expensive.
“After getting 99 percent of the way there, now we just have to wait and see.”
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