Meet the Staff

Ray Williams Portrait
Ray Williams

I was a Career Soldier during 1979-2003 and have been the Welsh National Coach since 2005. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to represent my country both as an Athlete and now in a coaching role. We continually strive for excellence both within our training environments and in competition at all levels, our success in Wales is a credit to the current staff and Board of directors.

Cymru Am Byth!

(Ray also won the gold medal in the 1986 Commonwealth Games!)

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 have been involved in Weightlifting since I was 11 as a lifter, I proceeded through the development pathway and gradually worked my way up to senior international level, later attending European Senior Championships, Commonwealth Championships, and Commonwealth Games.

I studied Bsc Sport Science at Bangor University and was lucky enough to get this job very soon afterwards. My role as the Business Support Officer for Weightlifting Wales is varied; from taking care of memberships and competition entries, to working on governance projects tied to our funding from Sport Wales. I am very passionate about this sport, I love to compete in Weightlifting, and I love to work in Weightlifting! My job is a real insight into the teamwork and strategic planning that goes into to providing the opportunity for people to enjoy the sport and for it to grow and develop nationally.

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

I am one of the development officers based down in South Wales. I have been involved in the sport for several years first as a competitor and now as a coach. I feel privileged to have represented Wales as a Coach at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

As a development officer I offer support to clubs around coaching, programming and grant applications as well as arranging Cluster competitions. I am based in Swansea and cover all surrounding regions, please get in touch if you are looking to set up weightlifting at your facility.

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.