Weightlifting Olympian's incredible Commonwealth Games comeback

Date: September 2018

Author: Natalie Potter

Seen Lee was ready to retire, but there is still plenty of steam

It was late 2016, after competing in Glasgow and London Olympics in weightlifting, Seen Lee's body was breaking down.

"I had several injuries and have had sports medicine puzzled about it. Retirement seemed about the only option left until I bumped into a colleague on the train who mentioned that there was a unknown little place in Preston that was getting results for people and I thought that I had nothing to lose, so why not?” Lee said.

"I had no idea who Seen Lee was, and just thought that she was extremely keen, like a weightlifting fan. And I'm known to be straight-forward, so I dived right in and told her what was going wrong and needed fixing. Seen Lee didn't mind the directness, Shermain says.

As previous clients will attest, Shermain likes a challenge and works with clients with the whole body in mind. Trained originally as a chiropractor, she is an expert in ART (Active Release Therapy), a soft tissue technique and movement rehabilitation. Shermain often works at international sporting competitions and with professional dancers, football players and athletes including weightlifters.

"Within a short time, I recovered and got stronger but had to change a lot of my thinking about my own physical preparation and rehabilitation and learning them again, almost from scratch,” Lee says.

“It was really difficult for many months but I decided to keep at it, with the encouragement of Shermain's team and their tenacity about seeing me through."

"I had improved so much that there were rumours about me taking steroids because of the recovery!"



Seen Lee's recovery meant many things: a medal in the spot to represent Australia again at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and a chance to prove to herself that she is a better athlete now than she was 10 years ago in the prime of her youth.

"I'm looking forward to the Commonwealth Games, I think I still have plenty more to show,” Lee says.

We think so too.