SEVEN GB athletes are preparing to travel to the European Powerlifting Championships in Russia later this month.Five athletes will enter the main competition, while another two will compete in the open section of the event at Alexin from May 22-28.Double Paralympian Ali Jawad (pictured) will compete in the 59kg class, while fellow London 2012 veteran Natalie Blake lifts in the 55kg class.Londoner Paul Efayena competes in the 107kg class, while Sgt Micky Yule lifts in the 80kg class and Adam Alderman will compete in the 49kg class. The athletes in the main competition will have coaches Neil Crosbie, Arun Singh and Ric Partridge with them, while physiotherapist Suzanne Basnett will be there too.In the open event Chris Rattenbury and Daniel Steward will lift in 97kg and 72kg categories respectively, with Gideon Griffiths coaching them and Tom Whittaker overseeing the whole GB team in Russia.The event is being screened live on the internet. For more details click here –
Ahead of the IWF Electoral Congress to be held in Moscow, Russia on 20-21 May, the President of the International Weightlifting Federation Dr. Tamas Ajan informed the press about the preparations and expectations. He is leading a strong and clean campaign to be reelected for his last 4 years term.
Four promising young weightlifters have been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Youth Championships in Lithuania later this year. The quartet will attend the competition in Klaipeda from September 1-8, and have been selected after showing real talent and potential to perform on the international stage.The GB team for the European Youth Championships is:Ryan Baugh (69kg), a 15-year-old from Ivybridge in Devon, coached by Michaela BreezeLouis Hampton-Jones (56kg), 16 and from Northolt, coached by Kazem PanjaviRebekah Tiler (63kg), 14 and from Denholme in Yorkshire, coached by Eddie HalsteadMercy Brown (69kg+), 16 and from London, coached by George Manners and Keith Morgan“These four youngsters have all earned their place in the team by demonstrating real ability,” said British Weight Lifting’s Performance Director Tommy Yule.“We have an increased focus to support the development of talented athletes across the country so it is great to be able to select these four athletes and for them to have this opportunity to perform to their best and learn from the experience of competing against some of the world’s best weightlifters.”
Young Welsh weightlifter Darius Jokarzadeh led the way for Great Britain at the World Junior Championships in Peru, securing a bronze medal in the clean and jerk and breaking several British and Commonwealth records in the process.But Jokarzadeh was not only the only GB athlete to enjoy success at the event in Lima, with both Sonny Webster and Jaswant Shergill posting personal best performances.Jokarzadeh, 19, finished fourth overall across both disciplines in the 105kg+ category. After a snatch of 170kg, he boosted his total with a superb clean and jerk of 215kg – a new British senior record – while his snatch and clean and jerk were both British junior records and Under-23 records, and the clean and jerk and total were Commonwealth junior records.He lifted the same total as the athlete who took third place, but was placed fourth on bodyweight.“It was a tremendous performance from Darius. To put it into perspective it was 18 years ago that a British male last won a medal at a World Junior Championships,” said British Weight Lifting Performance Director Tommy Yule, referring to Leon Griffin, who still holds the British clean and jerk record in the 85kg class.“To break the British senior record that has stood for over 10 years is a great achievement for a 19-year-old
Renowned Olympic champion of Hungary, Imre FÖLDI was honoured in a ceremony organised by his city and club Tatabánya on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Multiple world champion and world record holder (in 56 and 60kg) Imre FÖLDI held the unique record of altogether 5 Olympic Games participations, whereby after 2 silver medals, at the age
Two-thirds of tickets to experience the action and thrills of the Commonwealth Games will be priced at £25 or less, it was revealed today. Announcing a family-friendly ticketing strategy focused on delivering packed stadia and a ‘Games for Everyone’, the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee unveiled that access to sporting events at one of the world’s
Women’s 75kg The Kazakh lifter SHVABAUER Anastasiya won the 3 Gold Medals in the Women’s 75kg bodyweight category lifting 10kg (224kg) more than the Silver Medallist lifter ARTHUR Jenny Lyvette from the United States of America (214kg). FILIATREAULT Johanie (CAN) was in the 5th position after the Snatch with 93kg, but won a Silver Medal
Women’s 69kg The Chinese lifter WANG Xinyue took 10kg advantage in the Snatch, and even though she finished second in the Clean & Jerk, that advantage was enough for her to win the Gold Medal in the Total. ZHAPPARKUL Zhazira (KAZ) performed at her best to grab the victory from WANG but after missing her
Women’s 63kg SHEN Yinyi (CHN) won the Women’s 63kg competition with 100kg achieved in the Snatch, 122kg in the Clean & Jerk and a Total of 222kg. Junior and Youth World Champion in 2012, MOLIE Madalina Bianca (ROU) won the Gold Medal in the Snatch with 103kg. After two missed attempts in the Clean &
Women’s 53kg Only third place in the Snatch, CHYCHKAN Alena (BLR) – this year’s European Champion in a higher bodyweight category – won the competition by 1kg. Youth World Champion in 2011, LIU Quan (CHN) ended the competition with three Silver Medals and a Total of 198kg. TANASAN Sopita (THA) won the Gold Medal in
Women’s 48kg was a balanced competition with clearly defined positions. All 3 Gold Medals went to the Chinese lifter GUAN Chunyin participating in her first international competition. She lifted a Total of 182kg which is 10kg more than the Silver Medallist PIRON Beatriz Elizabeth (DOM)
The 2013 IWF Junior World Championships just kicked off in Lima, Peru here at the Maria Angola Convention Center. At the Opening Ceremony held yesterday at the Magic Water Circuit Emilio Fernandez; Ms. Suzana Cordova, Director of Culture and Sport of the City Hall and Mr
BRITISH Weight Lifting is delighted to announce the appointment of Ashley Metcalfe as their new Chief Executive Officer.The 49-year-old Yorkshireman enjoyed a successful career as a professional cricketer, playing for his home county for 15 years as well as a brief spell at Nottinghamshire and also in South Africa.Following his playing days, Metcalfe embarked on a successful business career which has seen him head up significant companies, specialising in marketing and events.For six years he also sat on the Sport England Yorkshire board in Leeds, which was responsible for providing strategic leadership for sport, increasing participation and sporting success.“I am delighted to be joining British Weight Lifting and see this as a very exciting and challenging opportunity to be involved in a fast developing, ambitious organisation, which offers athletes of all ages the opportunity to showcase their skills locally, nationally and on a world stage,” said Metcalfe.“There has been considerable work undertaken over the past few years to stabilise the organisation and with new funding in place, there is great potential to drive British Weight Lifting forward and establish itself as a sustainable, respected and successful National Governing Body of sport.”Following his retirement from a successful career as a professional sportsman, Metcalfe was responsible for launching the commercial department at Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and played a significant role for a decade in maximising Sharp Electronics’ sponsorship of Manchester United Football Club. He also played an important role in John Smiths’ sponsorship of Great Britain Rugby League.His other experience includes international events for Volkswagen and Jaguar, national conferencing for BT and KPMG and innovative media campaigns and incentive international events for Dunlop Slazenger, Maxfli.
On 27 April 2013, the Weightlifting Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina organized the 7th International Memorial Tournament „Andrija Malec” in Sarajevo. With the participation of 4 countries (ALB, BIH, SRB, TUR) with 5 teams, this event gives great opportunities for weightlifting promotion and development since each team should include 1 woman, 1 youth man and
Double Paralympic powerlifting ace Ali Jawad was just one of the 2012 stars on show at Paralympics GB’s SportsFest event in Sheffield last month.The event aimed to give an opportunity for disabled people to try out different disability sports and explore how they can get involved.Dozens of Paralympic athletes were at the event to pass on their knowledge and encourage the next generation, and plenty of people tried their hand at powerlifting throughout the weekend at the English Institute of Sport.The powerlifting set-up included live bar tracking, which helped demonstrate the important of technique to the sport, with participants able to see a replay of their lift and learn how to improve.* Jawad is pictured teaching one young hopeful the finer points of powerlifting.
British Weight Lifting believes that all young people involved in weightlifting and disability powerlifting have a basic right to be protected so that they can enjoy the sport free from all forms of abuse and mistreatment. It therefore seeks to help protect and promote the welfare of all young people by having in place clear policies and guidance for its affiliated clubs and associations and all others involved in the sport. Click here to see a full overview and breakdown of the BWL Safeguarding Policy –