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GB Teams announced for prestigious Championships Featured

THE Great Britain teams for several major championships across the world have been announced.


The European Weightlifting Championships will take place in Albania from April 5-15. Halil Zorba, coached by Keith Morgan at Crystal Palace, will compete in the 77kg class, while Darius Jokarzadeh (pictured), who is coached by Rhodri Thomas in Cardiff, will lift in the 105+kg category.


Coaches Dave Sawyer and Keith Morgan will also attend the events in Tirana.


For Jokarzadeh, the European Seniors will be used to prepare for the World Juniors, which is a bigger target, and may see him challenge for a medal.


The following month there are four British athletes competing in the World Junior Championships in Peru from May 3-11.


Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Zoe Smith, who is coached by Andrew Callard at the Europa Club in London, will lift in the 58km category.


Coached by Sam Hayer at Oldbury College of Sport, Jaswant Shergill will compete in the 62kg class. Sonny Webster, who is coached by Andy Sutor at the Empire Club in Bristol, lifts in the 94kg class. Finally the team is completed with Wales’ Darius Jokarzadeh.


Coaches attending the World Junior Championships alongside the athletes will be GB Head Coach Tamas Feher and Sam Hayer.


For Shergill it will be his first GB appearance at junior level, while Webster is aiming to finish in the top 15.


Smith should challenge for a top five spot, while Jokarzadeh could well challenge for a medal.


Later that same month, the IPC European Powerlifting Championships takes place in Russia and a five-strong team of GB athletes are scheduled to attend.


London 2012 Paralympian Ali Jawad, coached by Tom Whittaker, will lift in the 59kg class, while another Paralympic veteran Natalie Blake, coached by her father Keith Blake, will lift in the 50kg category.


Adam Alderman, coached by Ali Jawad and Simon White, lifts in the 49kg class, while Micky Yule and Paul Efayena, coached by Neil Crosbie and Tom Whittaker respectively, lift in the 80kg and 107kg categories.


Staff attending the event in Alexin from May 22-28 will be Tom Whittaker, Arun Singh, Rik Partridge and Suzanne Basnett.


The Europeans is the main focus of the year for the GB powerlifters, and most should be in with a shout of a medal.