British Weight Lifting showcases youth talent at British Junior and Under 23 Championships 2014
More than 35 competitors headed to Wakefield College last weekend for the 2014 British Junior & Under 23 Weightlifting Championships, as Britain’s leading young weightlifters took to the platform in a day of hard-fought competition.
The junior category was made up of competitors aged between 13 and 20 years old and included 15 year old Rebekah Tiler, who stole the show with an outstanding display in the women’s 69kg class.
Tiler, who is the current British Senior Champion and an England Commonwealth Games 2014 medal prospect, put in a fantastic performance in what was her final competition before heading to Glasgow later this month, as she set British records in the snatch (94kg), clean & jerk (121kg) and total (215kg) across six age groups from under 15 – under 23.
The men’s junior competition also saw some top performances with Kilmarnock’s Stewart Gilroy clearing all six lifts and scoring a total of 145kg in the 56kg class, whilst Westway’s Adrian Ramirez came from 2kg behind club teammate James Kissling-Jones in the snatch lift to claim first place with a total of 165kg versus Kissling-Jones’ 163kg.
The toughest battle of the day took place in the men’s junior 85kg class, with all five athletes well-matched; it was the youngest competitor, 17 year old Fridi Ibrahimi, who eventually finished on top with 115kg (snatch), 148kg (clean and jerk) and a total of 263kg.
Another of British Weight Lifting’s Commonwealth Games’ hopefuls, Scotland’s Sophie Smyth, put in a solid performance and secured 62kg (snatch), 85g (clean and jerk) and a total of 147kg.
Commenting on the day, Ashley Metcalfe, British Weight Lifting’s CEO, said: “We’ve seen some fantastic performances from our young athletes today and the competition was a great showcase for our sport and its rising stars.
“There was a vibrant atmosphere throughout the day and spectator numbers were up considerably on last year, which was great to see. We’ve also had some very encouraging feedback from spectators who, in particular, cited the venue and event commentary as both making a positive contribution to the day which for us, as the event organisers, is fantastic to hear.”
British Weight Lifting would like to thank all of the volunteers and officials that were involved in the competition – thank you for your continued hard work and support!
Next up is the British Weight Lifting Development Cup on Saturday 12th July at Alfreton Grange Arts College, Derbyshire. Click here for more information.