1 February 2024
On the 21st of January, the Welsh Age Group Championships took center-stage at Dragon Athletic/Club 646 Weightlifting in Cardiff, showcasing the burgeoning talent in Welsh weightlifting. A total of 53 athletes, spanning from the U12 category to U23, gathered to compete in a display of strength, determination, and sportsmanship.
The event was not just a celebration of established athletes but also a platform for many first-time competitors. It was heartening to witness the composure and resilience displayed by these novices, as they navigated the nerves associated with their inaugural competition experience.
Each age group, from U12 to U23, left an indelible mark on the competition, showcasing exceptional performances that bode well for the future of weightlifting in Wales. The collective dedication and effort of all participants were evident, contributing to an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual support.
Noteworthy among the competitors were Isla Travers, Mali Hill and Llewellyn Waits who left an indelible mark by setting new Welsh Records. Isla Travers displayed remarkable prowess, breaking three under 17 Welsh records. Her lifts of 62kg in the snatch, 75kg in the clean and jerk, and a total of 137kg were not only impressive but also reflective of her dedication and skill.
Llewellyn Waits showcased his strength in the clean and jerk, setting a new Welsh record with a lift of 101kg. Additionally, his total of 181kg marked another milestone, reaffirming his potential and contributing to the excitement surrounding the future of Welsh weightlifting.
Mali Hill shattered three Welsh records in an impressive 6 for 6 run-out; snatching 53kg, clean and jerking 73kg, with a huge total of 126kg. This impressive performance has cemented Mali in the U15 Girls records and contributed to the excitement of the future of weightlifting in Wales.
The Welsh Age Group Championships of this year serve as a promising indicator for the trajectory of weightlifting in Wales. With a mix of seasoned athletes and promising newcomers, the event was a testament to the growing talent pool and the commitment of the weightlifting community in the region. As the sport continues to thrive, these championships lay the foundation for a future filled with remarkable achievements and a legacy of strength in Welsh weightlifting.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to the dedicated Technical Officials, loaders, and volunteers whose tireless efforts and commitment made the Welsh Age Group Championships and Welsh Masters Open a resounding success. Your expertise and enthusiasm ensured the smooth execution of these competitions, providing a platform for athletes to showcase their talents. We extend our gratitude to the enthusiastic crowds whose presence created a supportive and electrifying atmosphere, elevating the spirit of competition. Your cheers and encouragement were instrumental in making these events memorable. Looking forward, mark your calendars for the next thrilling chapter in Welsh weightlifting – the Welsh Spring Open, set to take place at Haverfordwest's Strength Academy Wales on March 9-10th. We invite everyone to join us for another spectacular showcase of strength and sportsmanship. Your continued support is invaluable, and we anticipate another fantastic gathering of the weightlifting community.
The official scoresheets from the Welsh Age Group Championships 2024 can be seen below: