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British Weight Lifting’s women lead challenge for remaining places at Commonwealth Games following recent European success

Upcoming British Senior and IPC Powerlifting Championships on 10-11 May provide final chance for athletes to qualify for Glasgow 2014

Outstanding performances from Britain’s female athletes at the recent Senior European Weightlifting Championships have set the benchmark for the upcoming British Senior Championships, when competitors will have one final chance to qualify for this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

London 2012 competitor Zoe Smith returned to the international stage at this month’s Senior European Championships for the first time since the Olympics, and celebrated by becoming the first British woman since 2003 to win an overall European weightlifting medal.

Smith finished third and in bronze medal position in the 58kg class with a total of 204kg, also securing a second bronze in the clean and jerk with a lift of 114kg.

Emily Godley and Sarah Davis both achieved personal bests at the same competition, as the women’s team finished in an impressive eighth place out of thirty, beating traditional weightlifting powerhouses including Bulgaria, Belarus, Germany and Armenia.

The men’s team produced a solid performance, finishing eighteenth out of 32.

The recent successes of British Weight Lifting’s female athletes follows last month’s announcement from UK Sport who confirmed that funding would be reinstated for the women’s elite programme for Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

“There is no doubt that these are really exciting times for British Weight Lifting and we have a fantastic group of very talented young female lifters, whose latest performances prove that they are amongst the best in their field,” confirmed British Weight Lifting’s CEO Ashley Metcalfe.

Triumph at the European Senior Championships was bolstered further by events at the IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai on 5-11 April, where Britain’s Ali Jawad was crowned world champion in the 59kg class, breaking his previous world record by 4.5kg to secure gold with a lift of 190kg.

British Weight Lifting enjoyed further success in the junior under 20’s competition, where Pani Mamuneas lifted a personal best of 121kg in the 54kg class and secured silver in only his second appearance on an international stage, whilst Micky Yule and Natalie Blake both secured top 5 finishes in their respective weight categories.

In a week of successes, Sonny Webster was also retrospectively awarded bronze from last year’s European Junior and Under 23 Weightlifting Championships; Webster originally finished fourth in the 2013 competition but was upgraded after the gold medallist from Azerbaijan was disqualified following an investigation into doping.

“We’ve enjoyed a hectic international schedule over recent weeks but focus now turns towards the UK, with the British Nationals and IPC Powerlifting Championships just weeks away. This will be the last chance for competitors to confirm their place in Glasgow this summer, where we are already confident of excellent performances,” confirmed Metcalfe.

“Next month’s event will be the first time that we host the British Senior and IPC Powerlifting Championships under one roof and team successes over recent weeks, which have included six personal bests for our athletes, means that the two days promise to be a fantastic showcase for our sport.”

The 2014 British Senior and IPC Powerlifting Championships are taking place on 10-11 May at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Tickets are on sale now and prices start from £10.00 for adults and £5.00 for children and concessions.

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2014 British Senior Weightlifting and IPC Powerlifting Championships – buy your tickets now!

Tickets are now on general sale to attend the 2014 British Senior Weightlifting and IPC Powerlifting Championships, taking place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, on Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 May.

This year’s competition will be the largest event of its kind to date, combining the British Senior Weightlifting and IPC Powerlifting Championships for the first time and an anticipated audience of 1000 spectators across the two days.

The two days are guaranteed to deliver hard fought competitions within each weight category, as the event will be the final chance for athletes to qualify for this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

Today’s announcement follows on from a fantastic week of competition for British Weight Lifting, with successes at both the Senior European Championships and IPC Powerlifting World Championships and a combined total of six personal bests achieved by British Weight Lifting athletes on the international stage.

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Ticket categories and prices

1 day pass – Saturday 10th May or Sunday 11th May

Under 16s£5.00

2 day pass

Under 16s£7.50

2 day VIP pass (limited availability, sold on a first come first served basis)

Includes access to VIP drinks reception on Saturday with buffet and complimentary drinks           £40.00

For further information please 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 .

We look forward to seeing you at the Ricoh!

London Series Weightlifting Competition

Supported by the LSE Region

The Spring Open which was held at Crystal Palace on 29th March was the first in the London series and proved to be very popular. The competition was oversubscribed with 49 athletes competing on the day and new clubs being represented. Unfortunately at least a dozen athletes could not get a place in the competition.

The Competition

The grouping of athletes in accordance to submitted totals irrespective of weight class, has proved to be very successful and each group becomes very competitive. Medals are given to the first three in each group using the Sinclair formula. In the women’s group there was 1 point between 1st and 2nd place with 0.4 in the men’s group.

The London Series

The overall top ten males and females are decided on the Sinclair formula with points being allocated 10-1 for each place first to tenth.

There are four competitions in the London Series and they are as follows:

March 29th Crystal Palace                 April 19th Woking

July 19th Bethnal Green                   August 23rd Crystal Palace

At the conclusion of the last completion the points for the top ten places will be added up and the winners of the male section and the female section will each win £300.00.

This competition was very competitive with good performances from many. British records were set by  Se Gavin - Stars For The Future  Sn 79kg and total  181kg (age group)  and Mercy Brown-  C.Palace Sn 93kg and total 203kg (age group and senior).

The London Series Points







Jo Calvino



Halil Zorba



Mercy Brown



Liem Bui-Le



Evelyn Stephenson



Andy Ruegg



Vikki Kerr



Koing Chea



Lina Dusevciene



Alex Blair



Anna-Maria Ronqvist

Causer WL


Chris Chea



Holly Gehicken



Alvin Ossai



Claire Donnelly



Abidur Rahman



Sonia Fierro



Damon Sarmadi



Veronika Nourse



Troy Thompson



Please click here to download the full results for men and women.

Britain’s Zoe Smith wins bronze at Senior European Weightlifting Championships

Smith becomes only the second British woman in history to win an overall European weightlifting medal

British Weight Lifting’s Zoe Smith has won bronze in the 58kg class at the Senior European Weightlifting Championships taking place in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Smith secured third place with an impressive overall total of 204kg; Smith was lying in fifth place following the initial snatch phase with a lift of 90kg but went on to achieve 114kg in the clean and jerk, bumping her up to third and a medal-winning position for the overall total, whilst also securing bronze in the clean and jerk.

Overall gold was secured by Elena Shadrina of Russia with a total of 212kg and Poland’s Joanna Lochowska finished in second place with a total of 211kg.

The competition is the first time that Smith has competed at a senior international level since London 2012, following a series of injuries.

Ashley Metcalfe, British Weight Lifting CEO, said: “This a great achievement and a huge confident boost for Zoe; she’s had to battle a few injuries over recent months so to get back onto the international stage and come home with a medal is fantastic.”

Tommy Yule, British Weight Lifting’s performance director, added: “I’m so proud of what Zoe has achieved today, coming back from a tough few months and proving that she is still amongst the best in the sport.”

Zoe’s success follows on from a fantastic performance at the weekend by fellow British Weight Lifting athletes at the IPC Powerlifting World Championships, with world number one Ali Jawad breaking his own world record to win gold in the 59kg class and Pani Mamuneus securing silver in the junior under 20’s competition.

British Weight Lifting’s Ali Jawad breaks world record to win Gold at 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships

Britain’s Pani Mamuneas also won silver in Junior under 20’s competition

British Weight Lifting’s Ali Jawad is celebrating after being crowned 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Champion in the men’s 59kg class, following a fantastic performance at the annual championships currently taking place in Dubai, UAE.

Around 360 lifters from over 60 countries will compete in the week-long competition which started on Saturday, including all 20 senior current world record holders and more than 30 medallists from London 2012.

Jawad came into the competition ranked as world number one and current world record holder, having lifted 185.5kg at the Asian Open Championships in November 2013.

This weekend’s battle started fiercely as Jawad’s existing world record was broken in the first round by Iranian and former Paralympic champion Hamzeh Mohammadi, who lifted 1kg more to take an early lead.

Jawad was quick to respond, achieving 190kg in his second lift and beating his previous world record by 4.5kg, a weight which Mohammadi could not match.

With the title already secured, Jawad attempted 193kg but was unsuccessful; Mohammadi took silver (186kg) and Nigeria’s Anthony Ulonnam took bronze with a lift of 183kg.

British Weight Lifting enjoyed further success in the junior under 20’s competition, as Pani Mamuneas lifted a personal best of 121kg in the 54kg class and just failed to lock out on 125kg in his third lift. Pani secured silver in only his second appearance on an international stage.

Commenting on the performances, Ashley Metcalfe, British Weight Lifting CEO, said: “For Ali to open up with a lift just 0.5kg short of his existing world record took huge courage and determination – to then go onto beat this by 4.5kg, having already seen his world record beaten was an outstanding achievement and testament to Ali’s hard work, dedication and confidence to deliver the biggest lift of his career when it mattered most.

Similarly, Pani’s performance in the junior under 20’s competition was fantastic; to achieve a personal best and silver at only his second international competition puts him right in the mix with the sport’s top athletes and we are very proud of the team’s achievements.”

Metcalfe added: “With more competitors than ever before, this is the biggest IPC Powerlifting World Championships to date, signalling the incredible growth in the sport. It is fantastic to see our athletes perform so well on the world stage and is a sign of exciting things to come.”


The 2014 event is being streamed live at and is also the first opportunity for athletes to qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.


Part time contractor

British Weight Lifting is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of Weightlifting and Paralympic sport of IPC Powerlifting. In addition to supporting and encouraging the use of weight lifting activity for health, wellbeing and sports performance, our role includes working with affiliated clubs, schools, coaches and officials to help develop and increase participation opportunities around Great Britain.  British Weight Lifting also provides a comprehensive talent pathway and competition framework for Olympic Weightlifting and IPC Powerlifting.

British Weight Lifting is looking to appoint Tutors, Assessors and Internal Verifiers to deliver their new education programmes accredited through 1st4Sport. Initially they are looking for suitably qualified people to deliver the Level One Award in Coaching Weightlifting and the Level Two Certificate in Coaching Weightlifting. They are looking to appoint suitably qualified and experienced people from all around the country. The posts are a result of increased investment in Education programmes with a view to having a much larger and highly skilled coaching workforce in Weightlifting.

Excellent communication and Microsoft Office skills are essential and candidates must have an understanding of Weightlifting. All candidates must have an enhanced DBS clearance, their own vehicle, a full UK driving licence and be prepared to deliver courses at evenings and weekends.

British Weight Lifting is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Job Title:BWL Tutor, Assessor, Verifier
Responsible to:

BWL Development and Education Manager

Job Purpose:To deliver the British Weightlifting Level One and Two Education programmes.

All Tutors, Assessors and Verifiers will be accountable to the Manager of Development and Education.

Person Specification:

For all roles, candidates should have relevant Olympic Weightlifting knowledge.


Level 1 Tutors and Assessors should hold at least a valid Level 1 BWL Coaching Qualification or equivalent and should be working towards a Level 2 BWL Coaching Qualification.


Level 2 Tutors and Assessors should hold at least a Level 2 BWL Coaching Qualification or equivalent


Verifiers should have recent experience and knowledge of course delivery and coaching.


All candidates should have experience of tutoring and/or facilitation


All candidates should have experience of assessment principles and practice


All candidates should have a valid DBS clearance


All candidates should have a full UK driving licence and their own transport


All candidates should have a positive attitude towards the development of coaching and support the aims and objectives of British Weightlifting


Application:     Applicants should send their C.V. and an accompanying letter explaining how they meet the person specification for

the roles and your suitability for the post by email or post to British Weight Lifting:

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British Weight Lifting, Belmont House, 20 Wood Lane, Headingley. Leeds. LS6 2AE


Closing date for applications is 12pm Friday 25th April, 2014

After a challenging few weeks following the original UK Sport decision to withdraw funding for our elite programme, I am delighted to let you know that after refocussing our strategy we have had our investment reinstated with immediate effect. This is obviously fantastic news for our sport and especially for our female lifters. It is also another huge boost on the back of the continued funding of our IPC Powerlifting programme.

Our compelling new strategy focussed on developing our most talented female athletes with a view to challenging for medals by Tokyo 2020 and gave UK Sport the confidence that we had the correct ideas and most importantly the right team in place to surpass their “no compromise” milestones.

Without question, these are really exciting times for BWL and we have a fantastic group of very talented young female lifters, spearheaded by Zoe Smith, Rebekah Tiler, Emily Godley, Sarah Davies, Mercy Brown and Faye Pittman. These athletes supported by several others have shown true potential and we believe that they can progress in line with UK Sports Investment principles which demand a top 8 place in Rio and a medal in Tokyo.

We have committed to introducing a new World Class Programme aimed at maximising competition and training opportunities and providing back-up support to help the lifters not just achieve their goals but go beyond their current expectations. The aim is to provide an enjoyable yet motivational high performance environment that enables factors underpinning progress to be continually identified and developed to ensure success.

Although this new strategy and funding focusses on our female programme, I need to emphasise that we will not be giving up on our men. We have a group of very talented male lifters who are making good progress but they need more time. We will continue to do everything we can to support their training  and ensure they continue to make the right decisions and strive towards their goals. We firmly believe it is realistic for the men to progress in line with UK Sports investment principles and successful performances in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games and World Championships will put us in a much stronger position at our next review in January 2015 to post a case for their funding to be re-instated.

BWL will continue to ensure our best male and female lifters are given the opportunities they deserve to represent GB at major championships and will find ways to productively work with the lifters and coaches. We need to work closely and ensure the sport can be creative to ensure that funding exists to support the costs of taking teams to camps and international competitions.  We will also continue to prioritise our talent development initiatives and drive forward our highly successful integrated IPC powerlifting programme.
As the only one out of seven sports to be reinstated,  I would like to thank my team – it has been a huge effort and credit must go to all of them. We may be small in number but we are an  immensely passionate and dedicated team that are determined to drive BWL forward.

As always if you have any further questions please let me know – if not I look forward to seeing you all at a number of events over the next few weeks and at British Championships on May 10/11 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Tickets are on sale now – so why not come and join us? Not only will it be the final qualifier for the Commonwealth Games, it will be a real celebration of our sport with able and dis-able bodied lifting under one roof for the first time.

Kind Regards and good luck.

Ashley Metcalfe

British Weight Lifting has confirmed a new long term partnership with the Ricoh Arena which will see the Midlands venue host the British National Championships for the next three years, starting in 2014 with the dates confirmed for May 10-11.

The championships will be a real celebration of the sport, with the men’s and women’s competitions taking place alongside the IPC Powerlifting Championships for the first time ever. This means all of the country’s best lifters in the same place, at the same time, for the first time ever in the history of the sport in the United Kingdom.

The British National Championships are also the final opportunity for athletes from all the home nations to qualify for the upcoming Commonwealth Games. The two day event promises to be one of the most competitive championships for years as Team England look to select a maximum of 15 athletes plus a team of six for the IPC Powerlifting event, with both competitions taking place simultaneously in Glasgow.

After some incredible duels at the recent English Championships and with spaces tight for Glasgow, the opportunity for competitors to battle again will ensure an exciting two days of top quality weightlifting competition.

With places for the World Seniors and the Commonwealth Games on offer, the British National Championships will give more lifters the chance to impress the selectors,  with the team due to be announced the following week at the  BodyPower event at the NEC on May 16.

Commenting on the quality of the competition Ashley Metcalfe, British Weight Lifting CEO said,

“British Weight Lifting is in a good place at the moment. Our female squads are stronger than ever before, whilst recent competitions have shown so many of our leading lifters to be in great form.

“It really will be a great two days and a real showcase for our sport. There will be some great lifting to look forward to and I cannot wait to see a number of re-matches following close personal battles at the recent English Championships.

“Amongst the females, the 63kg class will be as competitive as ever with Crystal Palace’s Emily Godley going head to head against fellow International Sarah Davies. The male categories will be equally entertaining.  Shaun Clegg comes up against Adam Mattiussi, who he beat by just 4kg in the recent English Championships, plus there will be the mouth-watering repeat contest between English winner Owen Boxall and Bristol-based Sonny Webster.”

The Championships will also see a number of the UK’s favourite lifters compete, including 19 year old Olympian Zoe Smith, who is back to her best after recovering from a lengthy injury, 15 year old European Youth Champion Rebekah Tiler, who continues to impress every time she lifts, 23 year old

Olympian Jack Oliver and Leeds-based World number one IPC Powerlifter Ali Jawad, who recently smashed the world record with a lift almost three times his body weight.

As part of the agreement between BWL and the Ricoh Arena, the facilities used this year will provide a maximum capacity of 1,000 spectators over the weekend, the largest venue ever used by British Weight Lifting. The event will also be ticketed for the first time, with tickets to go on sale approximately six weeks in advance of the event’s start date.

On confirming the dates and venue agreement, Ashley Metcalfe said, “The interest in this year’s event will be massive and the competition fierce as all our athletes look to book a place on the team for Glasgow. Recognising this demand and moving the National Championships to the Ricoh Arena is a clear indication of our determination to provide the best possible facilities for the athletes and spectators while looking to grow the wider interest in the sport.

“The practice and warm up facilities will be the best we have ever used, the auditorium has a capacity of 500 spectators on each day and the venue has the ability to grow with the sport so in choosing to work with the Ricoh Arena we know we have found a great partner for not just 2014 but for the long term future of British Weight Lifting.”

Liz Cooper, Marketing Director at the Ricoh Arena, said: “The Ricoh Arena will be a fantastic new home for British Weight Lifting and this will be a great opportunity to increase interest in the sport as we look to build a partnership with British Weight Lifting not just for this year but for future years.

“It will also enhance the experience for fans because we have built-up a great deal of specialist knowledge by holding international and national sporting events since we opened in 2005.

“We hope Midlands sporting fans will really get behind the Championships and provide great support to the athletes as they aim to achieve their personal goals.”

Tickets for the British Championships will be priced at just £5 for under 16s and concessions and £10 for adults for one day passes and £7.50 and £15 for two day passes. VIP tickets that include two day passes and access to a drinks reception on the Saturday evening, including finger buffet and drinks vouchers are priced at £40 per person and are limited and sold on a first come first served basis. 

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Britain’s top young weightlifters went head-to-head at the British Schools and Youth Championships on Saturday 1st March, as many of the sport’s emerging talents took centre stage for a day of hard-fought competition.

Organised by British Weight Lifting, the Championships were held at Oldbury Academy, West Midlands, and formed part of the qualification process for the upcoming European Youth Championships in Poland on 27th April – 4th May.

The one day event saw impressive performances across all weight categories, none more so than current European Youth Champion Rebekah Tiler, who reinforced her position as a contender for Commonwealth Games success by breaking 12 British records from under 15s to under 23s. Rebekah recorded 117kg in the clean and jerk and a total lift of 203kg.

Mytholmroyd weightlifting club enjoyed further success as Jalaal Miller, teammate and fellow athlete of coach Eddie Halstead, secured two British records and personal bests in the year 11 boys’ 77+ kg category, with a snatch of 100kg and total of 210kg.

Charley Craig, from the Gladiator Club broke records across all three disciplines in the year 10 girls’ 48kg weight class, achieving a total of 96kg.

Two athletes built on their recent successes at February’s English Weightlifting Championships as Brunel’s Fridi Ibrahimi was crowned best male lifter of the competition with a total of 254kg in the under 17s category and Amber Sheppard achieved top spot in the year 11 58kg weight class, with a total lift of 132kg.

Part of head coach Keith Morgan’s Crystal Palace club that dominated the recent English Championships, Amber will be joining the GB Development Team on 8th – 9th March for her first international competition at the French Federation Invitational.

Commenting on the competition and recent successes of the British team, Ashley Metcalfe, British Weight Lifting CEO, said: “The British Youth and School Championships were a great achievement for everyone involved and as we enjoy a busy competition calendar, it is very encouraging to see our young athletes performing at such a high standard.”

“The level of competition was outstanding and with so many British records broken, the event was a fantastic showcase for weightlifting and proves our young athletes as fantastic advocates for the sport.”

A group of five of the UK’s brightest young lifters looking for potential Commonwealth Games glory have been selected by BWL to attend an International Training camp at the United States Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs from 13th to 22nd March.

The talented U23 year olds include 19 year old 2012 Olympian Zoe Smith, 17 year old British record holder Mercy Brown and three outstanding young male lifters Shaun Clegg, Adam Matussi and Sonny Webster.

They will be accompanied by GB Head Coach Tamas Feher.

"Opportunities like this have been extremely rare in the past but we believe those selected fully deserve the recognition. We have selected five extremely talented young lifters, who have shown tremendous character and have enormous potential to represent GB internationally for several years to come. " explained the BWL Performance Director Tommy Yule.

He added: " It is a hugely important year for BWL with first the Commonwealth Games and then the World Championships and this is a great opportunity for a number of our best young lifters to train with athletes from the US in a truly world class environment.  With a number of up and coming lifters in the US team there should be a really competitive atmosphere in the gym. We hope it will be both inspiring and motivational for our lifters and help ensure they are on top form as the year progresses.”

The camp, hosted by USA weightlifting, rests on a 35-acre complex located near downtown Colorado Springs and will see British lifters train alongside their counterparts at  the country’s flagship training centre for the US Olympic athletes, including swimming, shooting, weightlifting, judo, gymnastics, fencing, wrestling and taekwondo.

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