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BWL Newsletter June 2014 - BWL at ParalympicsGB Sports Fest

BWL at ParalympicsGB Sports Fest

Last month British Weight Lifting enjoyed a fantastic day at ParalympicsGB Sports Fest in Manchester, a free multi-sport event that aims to give disabled people the opportunity to try out Paralympic sports.

Held at Manchester’s Sport City, the latest edition in the series of events run by the British Paralympic Association took place on Monday 19th May, when those who attended were given the opportunity to try out a host of Paralympic sports, find out more information about getting involved and even get the chance to meet with some of Team GB’s Paralympic medal winners.

The latest event follows on from three previous Sports Fests, held at Surrey Sports Park in December 2012, EIS Sheffield in April 2013 and the University of Worcester Arena last November.

As well as meeting Paralympic medallists, visitors had the opportunity to participate in a number of activities, including come-and-try sessions across a range of sports.

The powerlifting set-up included live bar path tracking, which helped demonstrate the importance of technique, with participants able to see a replay of their lift and learn how to improve.

“Sports Fest is a fantastic platform for BWL to showcase IPC Powerlifting, with the aim of increasing participation but to also ‘talent ID’ the next generation of Paralympians,” commented Dan Wagner, talent pathway manager.

“At BWL we have already experienced first-hand the benefits to the sport of being a part of Sports Fests; at a previous event in Sheffield last year, we identified a promising young athlete who showed significant progress over the course of this year; this athlete then went on to win a Junior silver medal at the World Championships in Dubai in April.”

For more information on Sports Fests, visit