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Over 150 juniors set for National Games

WheelPower’s National Junior Games will give 150 disabled children the chance to have a go at Powerlifting. The Juniors will descend on Stoke Mandeville Stadium from all over the country to take part in the activities led by British Weightlifting as well as 16 other sports.

Between Monday 22nd and Thursday 25th September teams from 15 different schools will be taking time out of the classroom for a life transforming education on progressing in sport and the benefits of living a healthy active life led by WheelPower the national organisation of wheelchair sport.

The budding athletes aged 11 to 18 will have a go at a range of new sports as well as compete for medals over four days in the event supported by the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity.

Led by some of the country’s leading disability sport coaches activities include Powerlifting, Tennis, Handcycling, Table Cricket, Swimming, Archery and for the first time ever Golf.

Wheelchair basketball and athletics will also be on offer as juniors take inspiration from Paralympic stars Ade Adepitan, David Weir and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson who took part in WheelPower’s National Junior Games on their road to success.

WheelPower’s Sport Development Officer, Stewart Jeeves said: “Sport provides tremendous health and social benefits at all levels and The National Junior Games gives participants the confidence and the opportunity to try sports in a fun, friendly and fully inclusive environment.”

“For three decades our Games have been providing disabled children a pathway to get involved in sport at all levels from the school playground to the podium of the Paralympics, and WheelPower are very proud of the impact it has on people’s lives”

Joanna Wild, Chairperson of Thomas Cook Children’s Charity said “We are thrilled to be supporting WheelPower’s National Junior Games for a third year in a row. Thomas Cook Children’s Charity supports children and the communities in which they live. By continuing to work with WheelPower, we have been able to increase the opportunities for young disabled people across the UK have to play sport. ”

Come and watch the Junior Games

Spectators are welcome to join our supervised tours to see the National Junior Games in action on either Tuesday 23rd September or Wednesday 24th in the morning.  Tours are free of charge, pre booking is essential and subject to availability.

The National Junior Games will be held at: Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, HP21 9PP contact Emma Lau to book a place This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 01296 395995.

British Weightlifting fully support 8 year doping ban

Following the announcement by UKAD that a former weightlifter, Vasyl Kruk has been suspended from all sport for 8 years after a second anti-doping violation, British Weight Lifting would like to emphasise its full support of this decision.

Although Mr Kruk is not a member of the Governing Body, BWL are keen to make clear this is not about individuals but about protecting the reputation of the sport.

BWL Chief Executive Ashley Metcalfe stated, “BWL are committed to promoting a drug free sport and will continue to work closely with UKAD to ensure this is always the case. We do not tolerate any form of cheating and applaud UKAD’s tenacity and dedication to help ensure the sport retains its integrity as a clean sport and isn’t tarnished by incidents from athletes not affiliated with BWL.

“The decision is another great example that our work with UKAD and our combined anti-doping programme and random testing is working and individuals will not get away with taking prohibited or performance enhancing substances.”

Mr Kruk was tested under the athlete reinstatement programme and will not be permitted to train or to enter any BWL events. As part of its ongoing commitment to clean lifting, BWL will strictly enforce UKAD’s decision that lasts until May 2022.

Northern Ireland Initiative

BWL would like to congratulate NI Weight Lifting, which recently held their largest ever squad meet, with over 85 weightlifters taking part in a new initiative ‘Urban Weightlifting’.

Held on August 15th 2014 in CrossFit 8020, Portadown, it was organised by weightlifting coach Timmy Graham, with support from British Weightlifting, and proved to be a great success.

The aim of the event was for similarly placed lifters to interact, forging a competitive and driven weightlifting spirit and atmosphere. The format minimised pressure with an opportunity to train with enthusiastic athletes at a similar level whilst eleven qualified coaches were readily available to deliver expert opinion and hands on analysis.

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International Relations

I would like to pass on our congratulations to Dr Mike Irani whose International reputation continues to flourish.

Already a key member of the IWF Executive and Chairman of the Medical Committee, EWF Medical Committee Member, Mike was recently voted onto the Commonwealth WL Federation Executive Board and has volunteered to be nominated for the newly formed European Union WL Confederation.

I would like to thank Mike for his continued efforts on the International front – he is doing a sterling job, whilst it remains essential that BWL have the right people in the right places to promote our sporting interests and start to influence:

  • Where and when major events are held
  • The disciplines and sports held as part of sport events – eg. ensuring WL remains an Olympic sport
  • Rules, regulations and scoring systems
  • Qualification, selection and ranking systems
  • Permitted equipment and classification (for disability events)

London League

BWL would like to congratulate Sutton’s Evelyn Stephenson and Crystal Palace’s Leim Bui-Le on winning their respective female and male Leagues. Once again, with over 180 competitors and all clubs well represented, the series has proved a tremendous success for all concerned and the LSE will be running a similar series in 2015.

On behalf of BWL, I would like to thank Keith Morgan and the LSE committee for all their efforts and hope next year’s event is just as popular.

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National Paralympic Day 2014

BWL were delighted recently to be once again part of National Paralympic Day at the Queen Elizabeth Country Park, providing a day of celebrations and an a perfect opportunity to showcase para-powerlifting to over 20,000 people.

The day was a huge success with the chance for people to interact with British para-powerlifting stars Natalie Blake and Micky Yule as well as have a go at the sport themselves and be coached by BWL national coaches.  There was a lot of interest in the sport from people of all ages from all walks of life, and a great chance to sign up for the BWL Para-powerlifting Participation Day on September 20 at Oaklands School, Bethnal Green Road, London.

Overall it was a great success and highlighted why Para-powerlifting is one of the fastest growing Paralympic sports.

Click here for more information on BWL’s Para-Powerlifting day on 20 September 2014.

New Coaching Courses launched 

As weightlifting becomes a core element in an increasing number of both men and women’s training and fitness regimes, British Weight Lifting have re-launched their Level 1 Coaching Course, with Level 2 to follow shortly along with a number of courses and workshops aimed at fitness professionals and weightlifting enthusiasts to enable them to coach weightlifting in an injury free environment.

The new courses, which are fully endorsed by British Weight Lifting and run by official British Weight Lifting tutors, are a part of our wider objective to not only raise the awareness and participation levels in the sport, but to also increase the number of athletes developing through the Performance Pathway, British Weight Lifting’s programme focused on delivering the sport’s leading athletes for both weightlifting and para powerlifting.

The 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Weightlifting (QCF) is suitable for those who are new to coaching, but who have some knowledge of the sport and would like to learn how to apply that in a coaching environment. By learning to teach the basic techniques of Olympic lifting you will be contributing to the development of weightlifting as well as showing people how to lift and avoid injury as well as showing people how to lift to their maximum benefits in a safe and injury free environment.

New courses are already taking place throughout the UK and places are limited – click here for details.

Contact British Weight Lifting on 0113 224 9402 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Squad announcement: Junior & Under 23 European Weightlifting Championships 2014, 20 – 29 November

Limassol, Cyprus, will be the hosts of this year’s Junior & Under 23 European Weightlifting Championships, and following the recent successes achieved by our younger athletes and the tough levels of competition expected, we are anticipating strong performances in November.

The athletes (and coaches) chosen to represent Great Britain are:

Junior Women

Zoe Smith – 58kg (Sam Dovey)

Mercy Brown – 75kg (George Manners)

Junior Men

Sonny Webster – 94kg (Andy Suter)

Under 23 Men

Jack Oliver – 77kg (self coached)

Adam Matussi – 77kg (Kazem Panjavi)

Again Tommy Yule will lead the coaching team, which will also include Dave Sawyer and making his International debut Sam Dovey.

Squad announcement: IWF Senior World Weightlifting Championships 2014, 08 – 16 November

British Weight Lifting has selected 10 athletes to compete in this year’s World Championships, a competition which is part of the qualification process for the 2016 Olympic Games.

The event, which is now in its twentieth year since the men’s and women’s competitions were first brought together, will be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The athletes (and coaches) chosen to represent Great Britain are:


Jo Calvino – 48kg (Keith Morgan)

Zoe Smith – 58kg (Sam Dovey)

Emily Godley – 63kg (Keith Morgan)

Sarah Davies – 63kg (Jack Oliver)

Rebekah Tiler – 69kg (Ed Halstead)

Natasha Perdue – 69kg (self coached)

Mercy Brown – 75kg (George Manners)


Gareth Evans – 62kg (Ray Williams)

Chris Freebury – 69kg (Dave Sawyer/Cyril Martin)

Owen Boxell – 91kg (Andrew Callard)

The coaching team will be led by Tommy Yule and will include Keith Morgan, Giles Greenwood and Suzanne Basnett as physio.

An update from British Weight Lifting CEO Ashley Metcalfe

Following on from the our most successful Commonwealth Games since 2002, we are now well underway with our preparations for the final two major competitions of the year; the IWF Senior World Championships and Junior & Under 23 European Championships.

The squads – which you will read about shortly – are now back in training at Loughborough, under the expert supervision and guidance of BWL performance director Tommy Yule and our coaching team. I am delighted that Tommy is now full time with BWL and I know he  is also well underway in recruiting his support team to ensure our lifters have world class input from the most appropriate coaches, medical staff, physiotherapists, strength and conditioning experts and psychologists.

It is an exciting time for our elite lifters and I wish Tommy every success in his aim to put together the right team to ensure our lifters will be better prepared than ever before as we move our thoughts to qualifying for Rio in 2016.

Alongside our existing partners, ESP Technologies, UK Sport and Sport England, I am delighted to announce two new companies, who have come on board to help us move forward. We welcome specialist travel experts CSE as our official Travel Partner and also Pristine Condition Limited. My sincere thanks to Simon Hainsworth at CSE and ex- International lifter and Managing Director of Pristine Condition, Davy Snowdon, whose support ensures BWL will have male representation at both Almaty and Limosol.

Let’s hope we can build on the Glasgow successes – I appreciate it will be far from easy but I am sure we can continue to progress in the positive manner that we are currently witnessing.

Alongside our work with the elite athletes, we continue to concentrate on raising the awareness of the sports of weightlifting and para powerlifting.

The redevelopment of our new coaching courses, the launch of Para Powerlifting Participation Day and our involvement in the recent National Paralympic Day are all examples of British Weight Lifting working hard to promote the sport to new audiences, encourage involvement across all levels and abilities and seek to uncover the next generation of the sport’s stars.

So please read on for an update on the latest developments at British Weight Lifting and if you have any questions or feedback, do not hesitate to get in touch at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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