23 February 2023
Diamond Weightlifting, based in Llandudno, were among the most active clubs across the competition, bringing a whopping 20 athletes to compete.
“With all winning medals, we’d say it was pretty successful,” confirmed Diamond Head Coach, Nia Roberts.
“We brought home 14 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze! All of our lifters performed fantastically with the majority of them going 6/6! We would like to give an honourable mention to Bryn Astrop on his recent invitation to join WW development squad!”
An honourable mention must also go to Nia for her outstanding performance coaching all 20 athletes and up to 7 in each group, as well as her contribution to the weightlifting community!
“With all that being said,” she also remarked, “the Age Groups has given us a fantastic opportunity to expose weaknesses, strengths and develop new training programs to continue the individual development of each lifter.”
It was brilliant to see the variety of competition at Bangor University earlier in the month, with Diamond Weightlifting itself being representative of the diversity on show.
“Diamond has a diverse and unique membership,” Nia explained, “with our youngest being 6 and oldest 16.
“As a club, we strive for diversity and inclusion to ensure everyone has the same opportunities in life. We had several first-time competitors as well as some well-seasoned competition veterans.”
“The Welsh Age Groups is a great way for inexperienced lifters to experience a competition environment and is a staple in the competition calendar for more experienced lifters looking to progress.”
Diamond Weightlifting boast over 50 athletes at their club and aspire to go on to host their own open events in the future.
The club is just one around Wales that people can start their weightlifting journey.
People wishing to join Diamond Weightlifting can contact them on Instagram at @diamond_weightlifting, Facebook at ‘diamond weightlifting’ or via email at DiamondWeightlifting@outlook.com.
“At Diamond,” continued Nia, “we currently run 10 weightlifting classes per week, these are three Mini’s Standard, two Junior Standard, two Junior academy, one Mini academy, one Girls-only class and one creative enterprise class.
“We also offer programmed open gym sessions to all of our athletes who show competence to do so. There is also the option of tailor-made online programs and 1-2-1/2-2-1 personal sessions!
“We also created an appeal titled PreLovedLiftersAppeal,” concluded Nia. “This is where we receive donations of weightlifting shoes – or cash to purchase weightlifting shoes – which are then provided to our club members to use, allowing each member the same opportunity.”
If you would like to donate to Diamond’s #prelovedliftersappeal, you can message the club on social media or send to:
7 James Street
Diamond is one fine example of the many clubs around Wales offering a brilliant opportunity to everyone who wants to join the weightlifting community and get going with the sport!
Click here to find out where your nearest club is