British Weight Lifting is pleased to announce the names of the ten athletes who will receive funding and be part of their World Class Programme.
Eight weightlifters and two powerlifters will receive specialist support services and financial assistance to help them train and prepare more effectively for upcoming competitions, culminating in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The announcement comes at an exciting time for the sport, which is celebrating last week’s news from Sport England that 20,500 more people are lifting weights on a regular basis than a year ago.
The eight funded weightlifters are:
Gareth Evans (27, from Holyhead) coached by Ray Williams
Emily Godley (23, from London) coached by Keith Morgan
Darius Jokarzadeh (20, from Cardiff) coached by Rhodri Thomas
Peter Kirkbride (25, from Kilmarnock) coached by Charles Hamilton
Jack Oliver (22, from London, lives in Leeds) Self-coached
Natasha Perdue (37, from Swansea) coached by Karl Grant
Zoe Smith (19, from London) Self-coached/Andy Sutor
Rebekah Tiler (14, from Mytholmroyd) coached by Edward Halstead
The two funded powerlifters are:
Ali Jawad (24, from London, lives in Leeds) coached by Tom Whittaker
Micky Yule (34, from Musselburgh, lives in Lincoln) coached by Neil Crosby
British Weight Lifting Performance Director, Tommy Yule, said: “It’s great to have these athletes on the World Class Programme (WCP).
“The programme is about working in partnership with the lifter and their coach to support their progress towards achieving success on the international stage; ultimately at the Olympic Games and World Championships. They have all demonstrated abilities to date that this is possible.
“In addition to support such as medical, biomechanical and nutritional services from the WCP, they also receive an Athlete Personal Award (APA) that is a grant that contributes towards costs of training and competition such as travel and equipment."
British Weight Lifting’s 23 per cent increase in participation is just part of the story.
With new members of staff in key positions such as Chairman (Peter Rowley), Chief Executive (Ashley Metcalfe) and Performance Director (Tommy Yule), the governing body is forging ahead with plans to make weightlifting and powerlifting more widely enjoyed, both in terms of participation and as a spectator sport.