ENGLAND secured victory in the Tri Nations Tournament in Norway last weekend, returning home with a clutch of medals and personal best performances.
The annual tournaments pits some of the best weightlifters in England against their counterparts from Norway and Sweden, with athletes competing in senior, junior and youth categories and using the Sinclair points system to allow for different bodyweights.
Ryan Baugh, 16 and from the Ivybridge WLC in Devon, won gold in the youth male category with a snatch of 93kg and 120kg in the clean and jerk, while Bexley 16-year-old Liam Green won bronze in the same category with new PBs in the snatch (78kg) and clean and jerk (111kg).
Didcot-based 23-year-old Ben Watson won gold in the senior category, the 105kg+ athlete putting in six good lifts and finishing with an impressive 145kg in the snatch and 175kg in the clean and jerk. Also lifting in the senior category was Manchester 21-year-old Shaun Clegg, who ended fourth with 120kg and 145kg.
21-year-old Leeds athlete Sarah Davies won bronze in the senior women’s category with PBs of 82kg and 105kg, while 24-year-old Londoner Emily Godley was narrowly behind, the slightly heavier athlete lifting 84kg and 104kg.
There was also a PB for 17-year-old Londoner Joe Brooker in the junior section with a lift of 123kg, while his snatch of 92kg placed him fourth, and London 17-year-old Louis Hampton-Jones was fifth with 90kg and 105kg.
In a close competition England took victory by just 12 points after finishing on 2255, while Sweden were on 2243 and hosts Norway on 2184.
"It was great to see our English lifters competing so well," said BWL Chief Executive Ashley Metcalfe. "With many of them pushing for selection for the England team in the Commonwealth Games, it was a great chance for them to show what they can do. They all represented their country with pride and showed great ability, character and desire to be successful.
"For the younger lifters, coming to the Tri Nations Tournament for the first time gave them a great chance to experience competing on the international stage and hopefully it will encourage them to improve and want to compete again at this level."
The England team's participation in the Tri Nations Tournament in Naustdal was supported by funding from Sport England's 2013-17 Talent Pathway, who were particularly keen to see development athletes competing alongside more established weightlifters.
Team England have now won the competition 6 times out of the 12 years and will host the 2015 event. Timings and venues will be announced shortly.