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Since coming into post on December 1st, I have been continuing the development of the sport and following on from the great work that Sam Jamieson has done, in not only developing the Whole Sport Plan for weightlifting but also delivering the first elements of it.

Sam had built up a great number of contacts and I have been getting to know some of the key personnel who we rely on to deliver weightlifting to a wider audience.

Some of our key partners are County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) who are tasked with increasing participation in all sports. BWL is currently working with 15 CSPs around the country and looking to engage with more to allow participants, both new and experienced, to access our sport.

We are currently awaiting the outcome of four Sportivate bids we have placed with Streetgames being our partners. The bids have been placed in the London Boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, Hackney, Enfield and Tower Hamlets and will be based at existing Streetgames Doorstep clubs in these boroughs.

The bids will allow us to offer coach education to run a weightlifting club within their doorstep club, and also provide equipment for them to use. We will then try and guide those who are interested in taking it further, either to join some of our existing clubs in the area or set up a weightlifting club within their Doorstep club.

We have also just put a Sportivate bid through with TwoTon Crossfit in Taunton with the help of Somerset Active Sports Partnership. TwoTon Crossfit are looking to develop a Weightlifting Club as part of their Crossfit Club.

The Coach Education programme is currently being revised with a view to developing a suite of qualifications that are both current and accredited. BWL are working with Coachwise and 1st4Sport to develop the Level 1 Award in Coaching Olympic Weightlifting and the Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Olympic Weightlifting.

Once we have these courses in place we will look at developing a Level 3 qualification to enable the large number of Level 2 Coaches to develop their coaching further.

In addition to this we are also looking into the possibility of developing Certification in Instructing Weightlifting which will be popular with people who want to develop their all-round knowledge of general weightlifting.

Naturally, as with any new course development, we have to upskill our workforce and we will be looking to retrain and increase the number of tutors that we have to deliver our programme.

Further details of how you can apply to be a tutor for BWL will appear on our website. Should you wish to find out any information in the meantime, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


THE latest competition organised by the Stars for the Future WLC saw an impressive seven new British records set, as the club’s remarkable progress continued.

The club’s fifth competition attracted a total of 42 lifters, 35 being under 23 and seven being seniors from Crossfit Ivy and Sutton. And they were assisted by the presence of Steve Cannon, Brian Hamill and Phil Price as officials.

Returning to form after the operation which kept him out of the European Youth Championships, Louis Hampton broke the British Under-17 record twice in the snatch (88kg and 91kg), as well as the British Under-18 record (91kg).

And in the clean and jerk he set a new Under-17 record of 108kg, as well as five new records for the subsequent total (199kg). His new record could’ve been even better, but he narrowly missed out on a 110kg clean and jerk.

Nam Ahmadi broke his own British Under-18 record in the 62kg class, lifting 119kg in the clean and jerk to up the mark by 1kg.

In the Under-15 category, Se Gavin lifted 96kg in the clean and jerk, upping the British Under-15 record for the 85kg+ class by 1kg.

Photos and videos from the competition are on the club’s website – – and also on their Facebook site.

Technical teaching methods - Part 2

The course of Clean & Jerk - Week 1-3

The primary goal is the gradual building up of the competition exercises. For this purpose specific and general strength-developing exercises are applied. Eventually, all these movement forms are conditioned at an initial level. The special strength-developing exercises are usually used as supplementary movements for the performance of the next movement task.

The exact loading that will be applied cannot be exactly determined - we should choose a suitable weight that will allow a young lifter to carry out the exercise with relatively small-intermediate effort and with the required repetition number.

As the weeks progress, the loading may be increased slowly and gradually. We should plan the weight increase carefully because too much weight may disturb the development and confirmation process of the correct movement pattern.

During the technical teaching process we apply simplified versions of some specific strength developing exercises, from which the dynamic acceleration phase (explosion) is temporarily missing. The application of these will lose their importance after the first two introductory weeks. These exercises are:

 Power Clean without explosion

 Clean High Pull without explosion

 Clean explosion supplementary exercise series

Week 1

The purpose of the first week is to introduce the basic technical elements. During this we should teach how to assume the exact starting position and then follows the execution of the pull phase first for the toe position of the Clean. (Clean Dead Pull, 5 reps). It’s essential to teach the proper pre-contraction of the trunk erector muscles as well as the proper breathing technique.

The next movement task is to carry out Clean High Pull (5 reps) without explosion. It is important to instruct the young athlete that during the pull phase he/she should be able to carry out the exercise with acceleration, which is similar to the required one.

The next step is the execution of Power Clean (5-3 reps) without explosion (its movement structure also includes the previously learned pull exercise and its rhythm).

The beginner lifter should jump into straddle position while properly bending his/her knees. The Power Clean series are usually completed by Military Press (1 rep at the beginning).

The final barbell exercises of the trainings are the alternatively executed Fronts Squat or Back Squats (5 reps).

The above described short structure, which is carried out within a single training session, demonstrates the construction logic of a given exercise. Nevertheless, it provides examples for the combination of the partial and global methods (“Technical teaching methods – Part 1” in our previous newsletter).

Such exercises that are used for partial tasks (Dead Pulls, High Pulls) eventually are merged into a complete movement within the relatively complex Power Clean exercise.

The exercises should be carried out preferably from the floor; occasionally however, we may include exercises that are carried out from blocks.

Week 2

The structures of the daily trainings are similar to that of to the previous week. Nevertheless, qualitative and quantitative differences occur. Partly new movement forms are included: Push Press and Power Jerk).

The total daily number of exercises is increased due to the increased number of repetitions in some exercises but mainly due to the increased number of sets of almost every exercise.

Power Cleans (5 reps), after their final repetition are connected with Military Press or Push Press and on the last day with Power Jerk. The last two exercises should however, be practiced separately (5 reps). Front Squats (5 reps) and Back Squats (7-5 reps) are practiced in rotation at the end of each training sessions.

We should emphasise how important the adequate rhythm of these two exercises is. The repetition and practice of the exercises learned this far should be continued, meanwhile the applied intensity may be minimally increased. In fact this increase means that we choose the weights for practice to be somewhat below the required level.

From this week on the special supplementary exercises (e.g. jumps, throwing, etc.) become gradually part of the daily training programme (versatile physical education).

The next week (Week 3) will be an important milestone learning the explosion phase through applying a specific supplementary exercises series.

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Technical teaching methods - Part 3 will published in the next BWL newsletter

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Impact Fitness Zone has become the first British Weight Lifting affiliated club in Tees Valley.

The club, originally named Impact College of Martial Arts 10, became a registered charity three years ago and is now known as Impact Fitness Zone. The club is now home to not only kickboxing, but also weekly classes for MMA, Krav Maga, dance fitness classes and weightlifting.

The club boasts fantastic facilities including a strength and conditioning room. Mal Fitzgerald, strength and conditioning coach at Impact Fitness Zone, has shown a great interest in Olympic lifting as a means to increase performance of the athletes at Impact Fitness Zone.

He said: “Olympic lifts and their variants as a tool for power and rate of force development are second to none; I knew Olympic lifting as a sport has a very low profile locally and I was surprised to find that there were no clubs affiliated to BWL in the whole of Tees Valley, which has a population of over 660,000 people.”

The club are very proactive and are hoping to expand in the future, with a view to taking weightlifting into the surrounding schools. Hopefully being a BWL affiliated club will provide them with a unique selling point, and hopefully other clubs within the Tees Valley area will follow suit.

British Weight Lifting’s Head Coach Tamas Feher helped fly the flag for GB when he attended the European Weightlifting Federation’s European Coaches Forum last month.

The two-day event was staged at the Centro di Preparazione Olimpica in Rome, where 38 delegates from 28 National Federations were in attendance.

Feher said: “The topic was ‘The Introduction of a European Coaching Passport’, and over the two days there was much communication, discussions and the sharing of coaching procedures from different National Federations.”

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.

British Weight Lifting has announced the winners of its 2013 Awards, with honours going to a range of people including top athletes and dedicated volunteers.

Leeds-based Jack Oliver, 23, has been named Weightlifting Athlete of the Year, following a string of consistent performances and personal bests, culminating in good performances at both the World Senior Championships and European Under-23 Championships, where he broke British Under-23 records for both the clean and jerk and total.

A World Record breaking performance at the Asian Open Championships in Malaysia was the highlight for another Leeds-based athlete Ali Jawad, who is named as our IPC Powerlifting Athlete of the Year.

Like Oliver, Jawad has shown remarkable progress, and is also a strong tip for success at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Yorkshire’s Rebekah Tiler is our Young Weightlifting Athlete of the Year. She is the current European Youth Champion following great performances in Lithuania earlier this year, and was one of ten nominees in the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

The Young IPC Powerlifting Athlete of the Year is Panagotis Mamuneas, who was identified as a great prospect at the British Paralympic Association SportsFest in Sheffield early in 2013.

He won the British Bench Press Championship in the 54kg class, and has made significant progress which has resulted in him qualifying for the World Championships in April.

Male Coach of the Year is Eddie Halstead, who has helped bring out the best in Rebekah Tiler at his Mytholmroyd base, while Female Coach of the Year is Michaela Breeze who has coached several young up and coming athletes including Ryan Baugh.

Team Manchester are named as Development Club of the Year. Under the guidance of Terry Surridge, they have made real progress in a number of areas and offer coaching to children as young as 11 right through to masters.

In 2013 they successfully maintain Club Mark status for a third consecutive year, and in 2014 they will be using BWL funding for coach education to develop weightlifting opportunities in local schools.

Technical Official of the Year is Chris Baker. A well-known and much respected figure, Chris has been one of our leading officials for several years and continues to volunteer his services throughout the country at all major national championships, as well as many regional competitions as well. Rarely does a week go by when Chris is not officiating in some capacity.

The 2013 Team Award goes to London club Stars for the Future, run by Kazem Panjavi. They boast 35 British age group champions, and have helped set up five weightlifting hubs in different boroughs of London.

Three of their athletes have been picked for the BWL National Development Programme, and another six are part of the London and South East Regional Development Squad.

After another fantastic year Peter Larsen is named as Volunteer of the Year. A stalwart of the South West region, Peter continues to put his name at the top of the list when BWL is searching for much-needed support. Although much of it is unglamorous, Peter never complains and is always there to help ensure the smooth running of competitions both nationally and locally.

Bradford-based Luke Jones has been named as Young Volunteer of the Year, having notched up the most hours of work at BWL Championships. Coached by Eddie Halstead at Mytholmroyd, Jones was closely followed by several other great young volunteers from clubs across the country.

The Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sport goes to London’s Mike Irani.

Wherever you go in the world, Mike has a phenomenal reputation throughout the sport. He is totally committed to the sport and works tirelessly behind the scenes representing his profession and BWL to the highest standards and his knowledge and expertise is without equal in weightlifting.

Mike’s contribution to various committees and Boards has been immense and he currently represents BWL on the International Weightlifting Federation’s executive board, whilst he has been on the IWF and EWF Medical Boards for over 20 years.

Ashley Metcalfe, British Weight Lifting’s Chief Executive, said: “These awards are about showcasing those people that have really made a difference to our sport in the last 12 months. We rely massively on volunteers and supporters to ensure our sport can go from strength to strength. They are often the unsung heroes of the sport and behind any successful performance are numerous people who have given their time and effort to help the lifter on their way.

“Many of these people often remain in the background. They are passionate and committed individuals whose voluntary support has not only helped drive our lifters but also encouraged many other people to become involved and to develop the sport.

“As an organisation we are always immensely proud and grateful of our voluntary support. It is absolutely essential and massively appreciated.”

World Class Programme update from Performance Director, Tommy Yule

This month saw the start of the new Elite Squads for men and women at Loughborough University.

The elite squads are for the top-ranked British lifters who have the potential to progress and represent Great Britain at major senior international events. Lifters are not only invited based on their current performance level but on their character skills (hard working, positive, focused, motivated, accountable, respectful and honest).

The main goal of the elite squads is to have a critical mass of the best lifters training together to create a motivating training environment. Secondly, it is an opportunity to explore factors limiting progress and to find ways to support the lifter and their coach.

The first squads are a start point and they will develop once there is evidence of how productive they are and there is a greater understanding of what is required to support performance. The squads are for the lifters and with their full engagement we will learn what works, what doesn’t and what else should be done to maximise the chances for them all to keep progressing.

The number of lifters in each of the squads is limited to 8. The first squads saw Natasha Perdue, Emily Godley, Rebekah Tiler, Faye Pitman, Mercy Brown train together on the 7th December and Sonny Webster, Shaun Clegg, Jack Oliver, Christos Michaelas, Adam Mattiussi & Cathal Byrd training on the 14th Dec.

The coaching on the squads is led by BWLs Head Coach, Tamas Feher. All personal coaches are invited and it was great to see Ed Halstead and Andy Michaelas in attendance on the female and male squads respectively.

Support on these squads will grow, but these squads saw the start of a strength diagnostic project delivered by the English Institute of Sport. The maximal strength capability in three key positions of the pull (start position, bar at knees and bar in the power position of second pull) was measured by an isometric pull. The maximal force generate was recorded. The explosive strength and power capabilities were measured through a series of maximal effort jumps with different loads. Longitudinal data from these tests will be collected to shed light on how training actually change fundamental strength qualities related to weightlifting performance. Ultimately, the point is that the information is used by the personal coached to inform some of the decisions that are made around training, such as exercise selection and loadings.

Alongside collecting information on strength, the lifters’ snatch and clean and jerk were captured on video and analysed with weightlifting software that provides details of the biomechanics of the lifts including the force production at the three key positions, bar path and bar speed.

In addition to the strength diagnostics and technical analysis, nutritional support was provided where lifters had to the opportunity to ask advice and have their body composition measured.

UK Sport World Class Performance Conference (WCPC)

Tamas Feher and Tommy Yule attended the annual WCPC which took place at the Midland Hotel in Manchester last month.

The conference theme was about how to focus minds and efforts to continuously break new ground with a view to creating a stronger and more sustainable high performance systems. Presenters from business, entertainment, education and sport shared insights into their philosophies into maximizing progress and achieving success.

The common theme was that success is founded on creating a culture in which people are empowered to discover what they have to do to achieve what they want and have the motivation and energy to continuously find ways to work with others to improve.

The latest high performance training camp took place early in December, and once again Tedworth House hosted our lifters in their state of the art facilities set in the Wiltshire countryside. The relationship with Tedworth House and Battle Back who operate out of the Phoenix Ccentre on site is proving more and more effective for our training camp environment to evolve in.

This camp was a step up with more athletes and coaches in attendance, all working hard to make progress. The atmosphere in the gym was up a notch with coaches working fantastically one to one with athletes.

Throughout the camp bar path analysis (using Dartfish and Dartfish TV) and barbell kinetics (Using the GymAware Power Tool) were simultaneous assessed. This allowed added depth to what was being delivered to the athletes each session and provided great data and video footage for coaches to work with late in to the evenings.

The camp set-up facilitated recovery with the availability of hydrotherapy and sauna facilities. This added extra value to the camp as it help athletes train hard and sleep and eat well. A bag full of Christmas presents courtesy of Tedworth House rounded off a great squad.

The athletes in attendance included:

Ali Jawad – World Class Program Athlete (Coached by Tom Whittaker)
Michael Yule – World Class Program Athlete (Coached by Neil Crosbie)
Paul Efayena – World Class Program athlete (Coached by Ben Richens)
Natalie Blake - England Commonwealth Games Long list athlete (Coached by Keith Blake)
Pani Mamuneas – TID Development Athlete (Coached by James Whitfield)
Chris Rattenbury – England Commonwealth Games Long list athlete (Coached by Gideon Griffiths)
Hannah Toremar – Scotland Program athlete (Coached by Neil Crosbie)
Jim Wilson – Battle Back and Talent ID athlete (Coached by Jonpaul Nevin)

The staff supporting the weeks training were:

Tom Whittaker (BWL Performance Manager)
Jonpaul Nevin (Battle Back Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach)
Arun Singh (BWL Squad coach)
Ric Partridge (BWL Squad coach)
Ben Richens (BWL Squad coach)
Neil Crosbie (BWL Squad coach)
Dan Wagner (BWL Talent Pathway Manager)

COMP: Stoke Mandeville, 30-11-13

The first BWL IPC PL Comp went off with bang 3 weeks ago at Stoke Mandeville Stadium where we saw Ali Jawad unofficially break his own world record with a good lift of 188kg. This was an impressive achievement considering he only set the record 2 weeks earlier in Kuala Lumpur.

The other highlight of the day was evidence that the talent pathway is having a good effect on the development of Pani Mamuneas who was identified this April at a BPA Sports Fest. He has now made himself eligible for the Senior World Championships next April with 3 good lifts. Leaving him with a successful 115kg at the end of the days competition.

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