STARS for the Future WLC led the way for British success at the Fulda Cup international tournament in Austria recently, taking silver in the team event despite only starting to build the team last September.
After a couple of months of hard work scouting the boroughs of west London, they created a team of 19 lifters to lift in Austria and represent England.
“We achieved amazing results,” said Kazem Panjavi, BWL Talent weightlifting coach. “As a team we finished second out of 16 teams and eight counties.
“We could have had gold if two of our other lifters had lifted that day. Our lifters came from Barnhill, Feltham, St Marys, Ealing and Harrow. We achieved four golds, four silvers and five bronzes. Many of our lifters performed incredibly well and most accomplished new personal bests.”
Under 14: 56kg
We had Kian Panjavi and Habibullah Ahmadi. Kian lifted 49kg snatch and 57kg clean and jerk with a total of 106kg and came first. Habibullah lifted 42kg snatch and 61kg clean and jerk with a total of 103kg. Habib fought very well for his silver medal and got best lifter award in the 1999 age group.
Under 14: 62kg
Gurdeep Paul lifted 44kg in the snatch and 50kg in the clean and jerk, but missed out on 58kg. That gave him a total of 94kg and placed him fourth.
Under 17: 56kg
Louis Hampton lifted 51kg in the snatch, missed 56kg and got 75kg in the clean and jerk, and that total of 126kg put him third.
Under 17: 62kg
Namatullah Ahmadi lifted an impressive 75kg in the snatch and 85kg in the clean and jerk, and only narrowly missed out on 100kg. His total of 160kg put him second.
Under 17: 77kg
David Tomkins represented the Feltham club. He snatched 65kg and 80kg in the clean and jerk. Achieving a total of 145kg and coming third.
Under 20: 56kg
Jaspreet Paul lifted 50kg in the snatch and 70kg in the clean and jerk. He missed out on 72kg but achieved a 120kg total and came first.
Under 20: 77kg
Ehsan Khushkhui, one of the club’s new lifters, snatched 63kg, just missing out on 70kg, and then lifting 95kg in the clean and jerk with a total of 158kg to come first.
Under 20: 85kg
Stuart Henry Diplock, another of the new lifters from St Marys, lifted 85kg in the snatch and 115kg in the clean and jerk. With a personal best total of 200kg he came third.
Under 23: 77kg
Adam Mattiussi snatched an impressive 108kg, missed 112kg, but then lifted 128kg in the clean and jerk. He totalled 236kg and came first, and was judged the second best under-23 lifter.
Under 23: 85kg
Kieran Parkin lifted 81kg in the snatch and 103kg in the clean and jerk, totalling 184kg and coming second.
Poy Fakcha and Noorin Gulam represented the under 17 girls. Poy lifted 42kg in the snatch and 55kg in the clean and jerk to finish on 132.70 Sinclair points. Poi had two red lights on her 61kg jerk which would have given her the bronze medal, but she had to settle for sixth. Noorin easily lifted 43kg in the snatch and 53kg in the clean and jerk. With a Sinclair points total of 137.46 she came fourth in the competition.
Alexandria Sehgal from St Marys lifted 41kg in the snatch and 49kg in the clean and jerk. With a total of 123.98 points she came sixth in the under 20s.
Shila Panjavi and Emily Cushion lifted. Shila lifted 55kg in the snatch and 69kg in the clean and jerk with a Sinclair total of 167.35. Emily lifted 62kg in the snatch and 79kg in the clean and jerk to finish in 169.63 Sinclair points. Emily came second and Shila came third. Emily came second in the best lifters category and Shila got best lifter award in their respective age groups.
The team returned to the UK happy with their performances, but knowing that if they had taken a full team with them they could have challenged for the overall victory – something that is a target for next year.