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Meet the Staff

Simon Roach portrait with athletic track background
Simon Roach

I have an unprecedented passion for Weightlifting and it’s development in Wales. I am fortunate to have been involved in the sport for over 30 years, both as a competitor and coach. I have been delighted to represent Wales at 5 Commonwealth Games in both coach and team manager positions. Following a successful career in teaching, it is now a pleasure to develop all aspects of this great sport in our principality.

Hannah Powell in warm-up room at 2018 Commonwealth Games
Hannah Powell

I am the Business Support Officer for Weightlifting Wales, which involves working in administration and governance areas of the organisation. I am very passionate about the sport, both as a member of staff and as an athlete!

Ania Negele attending the IWF Women's Coaching Conference
Ania Negele

I am the Performance Pathway Manager here at Weightlifting Wales which involves implementing and managing the performance side of the organisation. I have had the privileged to represent Wales as a coach at the last two Commonwealth Games. If you are interested in the performance side of weightlifting or para powerlifting please get in touch

Christie Williams in Welsh Lifting suit smiles for a shot with a loaded weightlifting bar
Christie Williams

I have worked in sport and the health and fitness industry for 10 years. I used to be an international athlete in athletics, competing in the 100m and Javelin before taking up Weightlifting 8 years ago. I have been lucky enough to compete at 2 Commonwealth Games and have a Commonwealth Bronze medal.

I attended the University of South Wales and received a 2:1 in BSc Strength and Conditioning. My role at WW is the North Wales Development Manager. I would like to develop the talent squad and provide education on UKAD, technique and health and wellbeing. I would like to provide guidance and assistance to clubs in developing a community for all to enjoy participating in Weightlifting.

Justin head
Justin Head

I have been involved in Weightlifting for over 30 years and I still lift as a Master. I coach at my own my own small club where we have a small but diverse community of lifters. I have previously worked in the role of Reginal Development Officer and Competition Manager. As Events Manager I am now involved with the planning and organisation of competitive and non-competitive events and the delivery of the 2020 Strategy.