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BWL Newsletter June 2014 - Meet the new members of the BWL team

Meet the new members of the BWL team

British Weight Lifting’s development and education manager Stuart Cummings introduces the four new members of staff to have recently joined the expanding team at BWL.

British Weight Lifting has appointed two new regional development officers (RDO’s), Rich Kite and Andreas Michaelas, to join Jon Mason on the development team.

All three RDOs are joint funded by Sport England and an external partner and each RDO has a remit to increase participation and help clubs to develop so that they improve the quality of their offer.

Rich Kite is the RDO for London. BWL’s partner for this role is Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Trust and Rich is based at Oaklands School, Bethnal Green, where he will be developing weightlifting in the school. Rich’s remit is London-wide and already he is making progress in the regions and raising the profile of the sport across the capital.

Andreas Michaelas is our RDO based in Manchester and he is employed in partnership with Life Leisure. As part of his role with Life Leisure, Andreas is helping to develop the new weightlifting area in its premises at Houldsworth Village, Reddish, Stockport.

Life Leisure is in the process of converting a five-a-side football pitch into a weightlifting area, which will also include a disability lifting area for Stockport Arnies Para Powerlifting Club, which will see the club fully integrated into Houldsworth Village. Andreas and his family have a long history in weightlifting and with his knowledge and his experience, we are already seeing improvements in a lot of key areas in his region. He is also educating a large number of the gym staff across all the Life Leisure centres so that Olympic weightlifting can be introduced across all of their clubs.

British Weight Lifting has also appointed Eddie Halstead as competitions manager. In his role Eddie will be looking at developing a whole sport competition structure that will encourage more people to participate. Eddie will also be taking charge of the appointments for technical officials at all BWL competitions, considering the structure and development of technical officials, including their education.

Eddie comes to BWL with a strong weightlifting background as a competitor, technical official and as a coach and we are certain that he will provide a fantastic contribution to the team.

Matthew Marshall has also joined BWL as events manager. Previously at the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), Matthew was responsible for developing a number of key events for the sport and comes to BWL with some exciting ideas around promoting weightlifting to participants of all ages. One of the areas Matthew will be involved in is BWL’s use of social media so if you’re not already following us on Twitter ( or ‘Liking’ us on Facebook (, you should be!