I met Zoe Smith for the first time yesterday and I have to say I was impressed. Very impressed. If you have not heard of Zoe yet then, believe me, you soon will. Zoe turns 16 on Monday and is currently revising for her GCSE's. She also happens to be a world-class weight--lifter, would you believe, who has already been selected to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi this October. When you see Zoe for the first timethe last thing you would expect her to do is lift weights. She is quite small and pretty, a far cry from the image of the Russian woman shot putter that people assumefemale weight-lifters resemble. Her talent is beyond question. She is already being tipped as a future Olympic medallist, perhaps even in London. But what I really liked about Zoe was, well, Zoe. She is engaging, friendly, determined, hard-working, talented and a real credit to herself and to her parents who have brought up so well so far. In a time when British kids so often get a bad press Zoe Smith is a fantastic advertnot only for her generation, but for anyone who discovers a talent and pursues it.