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 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 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.

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.