BRITISH Weight Lifting are hoping to unearth the next generation of Olympic weightlifting talent at a new series of talent assessment days.
Young people aged from 13-23-years-old are invited to take part in one of a series of events being staged during May and June, which could be the first step on the road to competing in major championships such as the Commonwealth Games or Olympics.
BWL teamed up with UK Sport to run a similar scheme last year (UK Sport Power2Podium), and that led to six athletes being selected as part of the BWL Talent Programme which gives them elite coaching and support at regular training camps alongside the GB squad.
UK Sport and Sport England have given BWL more money for talent development, paving the way for British Weight Lifting to establish a clear talent pathway from grassroots through to the Great Britain performance level.
BWL Talent Pathway Manager Dan Wagner said: “having seen the fantastic results of the last talent scheme, I’m really excited to see what results we can get from this latest initiative’
You can register for a BWL talent assessment day on our website – Click Here
Assessment days will be held at the following venues;
- Leeds Met University 18th May
- Oldbury Academy 19th May
- Edinburgh University 1st June
- Crystal Palace NSC 8th June
- Oaklands College - (St Albans, Hertfordshire) – 9th June
Applicants attending the Phase One Talent Assessment Day will be tested on their physical abilities and will be presented with the programme going forward.
Those who show good potential will then be invited to a Phase Two Assessment Day where they will be tested on their physical, technical and psychological attributes and be tested more specifically on their ability and skill acquisition in Olympic weightlifting.
If you are selected onto the BWL talent confirmation or England talent pathway, you will receive talent development support which incorporates training camps at the BWL High Performance Centre in Leeds, an elite athlete education programme, strength and conditioning training, expert technical coaching and the opportunity to train with the BWL performance programme athletes.
Applications will open on the 2nd April.
Applications will close on the 2nd May.