THREE new exciting athletes have been selected for the World Class Programme after displaying real progress to national governing body, British Weight Lifting.
Weightlifters Shaun Clegg (pictured) and Sonny Webster – and IPC powerlifter Paul Efayena – have all been accepted on to the World Class Programme (WCP) after demonstrating that they have the drive and potential to achieve success on the international stage.
The new Olympic weightlifters are:
Shaun Clegg (20, Manchester) coached by Mark Clegg
Sonny Webster (19, Bristol) coached by Andy Sutor
The new IPC powerlifter is:
Paul Efayena (age 35, London) coached by Ben Richens
The three new athletes take the total who currently benefit from UK Sport funding to eight Olympic weightlifters and three IPC powerlifters.
The programme works in partnership with the athletes and their personal coaches to identify barriers to progress, find better solutions within the training process and to create opportunities that can support progress.
Funded athletes receive specialist support services and financial assistance to help them train and prepare more effectively for upcoming competitions, culminating in the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The announcement of three new athletes comes at an exciting time for British Weight Lifting. At an elite level, funded athletes have already secured four medals at World or European level this year and broken several European, Commonwealth and British records.
British Weight Lifting Performance Director, Tommy Yule, said: “I have been very impressed with what I have seen from these athletes. Their performances indicate that they have talent but it is their commitment, effort and their desire to continually push forward that has impressed me the most – essential qualities that underpin progress and are necessary for any athlete 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 and Paralympic Games and World Championships.
“We are fortunate to have some great people working within our WCP, like our Head Coach, Tamas Feher. With his internationally renowned expertise and experience he is able to work alongside an athlete and their personal coach to help identify the key factors limiting gains in performance and collectively better ways are found to address them.
“In addition to support such as medical, biomechanical and nutritional services from the WCP, athletes also receive an Athlete Personal Award (APA) that contributes towards the cost of training and competition such as travel and equipment."