At 18, Zoe wasn’t expected to win any medals at the 2012 Olympics (female weightlifters tend to flourish in their thirties, fact fans).
However, she did a bloody good job of silencing her critics, when she smashed the British female weightlifting record, with a 121kg lift.
Her critics, perhaps inevitably, took the form of Twitter trolls who were unimpressed with her ‘unfeminine shape.' Never mind the fact that a) she’s gorgeous (maybe irrelevant, but I wanted to mention it anyway) b) she’s a weightlifter and c) she’s the BEST FEMALE WEIGHTLIFTER IN THE COUNTRY, apparently she was letting the side down (the side being All Women).
Zoe is a total hero, because she refused to take this crap lying down. She responded specifically to the morons on Twitter, and roundly shut them up (not that difficult, most of their abuse involved telling her to go back to the kitchen, which…..zzzzzz).
Talking about the criticism she faced, Zoe said: "Most of the people that do think like this seem to be chauvinistic, pigheaded blokes who feel emasculated by the fact that we, three small, fairly feminine girls, are stronger than them. Simple as that. I confronted one guy that said we're 'probably all lesbians and look like blokes', purely to explain the fact that his opinion is invalid cause he's a moron. And wrong. He came up with the original comeback that I should get back in the kitchen. I laughed.
"This may be shocking to you, but we actually would rather be attractive to people who aren't closed-minded and ignorant. Crazy, eh?! We, as any women with an ounce of self-confidence would, prefer our men to be confident enough in themselves to not feel emasculated by the fact that we aren't weak and feeble."