Sport-by-sport - Powerlifting
|Performance Director||Fiona Lothian|
|Funding Award (2009-2013)||£1,092,700|
|London 2012 Performance||1 Bronze|
|Athletes on World Class Performance Programme||7|
|Past Performances||Paralympic Games, Athens, 2004: Gold (1) Emma Brown (>82.5kg)|
|National governing body||British Weightlifting Association|
“The support we receive from the National Lottery makes a tremendous difference to our athletes. Many are now training full time and under the guidance of performance coaches and specialist support staff, which enables them to focus 100 per cent on their sport goals and increases their chances of success at London 2012.”
Performance Director Fiona Lothian
GB Powerlifting has received a huge boost in its funding for London 2012, thanks to the additional funding made available to UK Sport to invest in preparations for the home Games. Just over £1million has been invested in the sport from 2009-2013, compared to £691,100 ahead of Beijing.
Over the current cycle British Weightlifting has developed a new training facility at Leeds Metropolitan University. This is a facility that has been specifically designed for Olympic weightlifting and Paralympic powerlifting and is one of the few places in the UK which can host weightlifting and powerlifting squad camps.
The investment has also given British Weightlifting the chance to build a world class performance system to identify and support athletes for the future.
The UK Sport Coaching team also supported an induction and performance development process for five newly appointed coaches to the Weightlifting and Powerlifting team.
The six strong team for London 2012 includes world record holder Anthony Peddle, who has been selected for his seventh Paralympic Games alongside two time Paralympian Jason Irving, Londoner Ali Jawad, who made his Paralympic debut in Beijing, Natalie Blake who will be competing at her fourth Games and Paralympic debutants Zoe Newson and Paul Efayena.
The team will be heading to the BPA’s final preparation camp at the University of Bath to fine tune their performances ahead of London. The BPA’s simulation camps and final preparation camp have been supported by National Lottery funding from UK Sport.
Did You Know?
Natalie Blake has been a member of UK Sport World Class Performance Programme since 1999, when she switched from the sport of athletics to powerlifting