1 February 2023
We’d like to extend our gratitude to the volunteers that made the event possible, as well as our technical officials and of course Bangor University, who provided the setting for the successful weekend.
It was a weekend packed with quality and friendly competition, with a wide variety of age groups entering and showcasing the exciting talent around Wales.
We’d like to congratulate the athletes that took part, each and every one of whom did themselves justice as they took to the platform!
Evelyn Thomas and Rachel Leck both performed well in Group One, while Hattie Lawton-Jones, Maisy Roberts, Ava Abed, Amara-Lili Roberts, Esmee Williams, Shannon Garmon, Izabelle Deakin, Cerys Davies and Ashleigh Bellis all triumphed in their respective categories in Group Two. Brooke Smith also claimed a runner-up medal in the U12 category.
In Group Three, Zach Jones, Connor Smith, Cian Mcgee, Jorgie Hughes-Lynch, Jac Green, Joseph Parr and Thomas Duggan all went home with gold. Thomas Duggan also departed as a new record-holder in the -49kg category with a 50kg Snatch, taking the records in both the Under 15 and Under 17 age groups from lifter Dan Davies.
Meanwhile, Charlie Ellis-Perry, Evan Williams, Jack Jones and Llewellyn Waits all came out second placed in their respective categories, with Leon Sullivan, Louie Abed and Iwan Pemberton also making the podium!
Group Four saw Della Pemberton, Elin-haf Tossel, Emily Wraith, Ffion Barnikel, Alicia Piper, Tham Nguyen and Lindsay Atkinson run out champions, with Mia Evans, Emma Brooks and Kirstie Milne claiming second and Afreen Akthar making third in their respective categories.
Seamus Leonard-Thomas, Bryn Astrop, Joshua Williams, Thomas Hughes, Cian Green, Daniel Davies, Lewis Thomas, Garin Beams, and Hrithik Reddy all topped their categories in Group Five as Arun Ramesh and Leighton Yates ran out runners-up. Harry Sheers, of the Open category, achieved 72kg in the snatch, although failed to register a lift in the Clean and Jerk, while, in the U23 category, Ben Foggo failed all Snatch attempts but did manage 110kg in the Clean and Jerk.
Group Six saw Millie Lerwill, Honey Seaton, Molly Greenwood, Bethan Watkins, Jennifer Potter, Louise Richards and Niamh Collins all claim first prize. Niamh, competing in the –87kg U23 category, broke her own record as she lifted 82kg in the Snatch and achieved a total of 177 kg, also setting a record in the Senior's -87kg category by surpassing the records standard.
Elsewhere, Keri Collings and Holly Knowles winning silver, Scarlett James also making the podium in her category and Ellis Brotherton competing as a Guest.
There were four competitors in the 81-cat Open Category in Group Seven, with Lincoln Ho besting Joshua Chan, Bobby Quinn and Jonathan Oliver to top the lot. Elsewhere, Taylor Probets, Kamaal Rehman, Josiah Kwok and Louis Weston topped their categories with Kieran Murray featuring as a Guest.
We already can’t wait until next year’s event and would like to remind everyone that the Weightlifting calendar still has much to offer!
Academy Open events will be taking place in March, while the next national event is the Welsh Open which is scheduled for the 20th and 21st of May at Strength Academy Wales.
We would once again like to thank everyone who participated in this wonderful Welsh Age Groups and Spring Open weekend and hope to see everyone again soon!