What We Do

Weightlifting Wales are the National Governing Body of Weightlifting and Para Powerlifting in Wales. As an organization, we govern the sport in Wales, work to develop the sport from a grassroot level right through to elite level.

We also promote health, well-being and fitness through strength training, we encourage our clubs and academies to offer inclusive training programmes and welcoming environments to anyone, of any age, ability and goal, for everyone to give Weightlifting or Para Powerlifting a go. There are many health benefits from Weightlifting and Para Powerlifting, and you do not have to be aiming to reach an elite, or even a competitive level, in order to enjoy these sports. WW pride itself on being a welcoming, inclusive and accessible sport for all.

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Weightlifting

Weightlifting involves the Snatch technique and the Clean and Jerk technique. The Snatch involves lifting the bar from the floor, overhead in one swift movement and the Clean and Jerk involves lifting the bar from the floor to the chest, and then from the chest to overhead.

This sport is a combination of speed, power, strength, flexibility, skill and mental toughness. Weightlifters compete in weight categories, and males and females compete separately. During competition each lifter has three attempts in both disciplines, the best of each are combined to form a total, and the athlete with the highest total wins the competition.

Gareth Evans celebrates double bodyweight and British record snatch
Gareth Evans celebrates double bodyweight and British record snatch
Hannah Powell clean and jerk 85kg in competition
Hannah Powell clean and jerk 85kg in competition

Snatch

Clean and Jerk

Para Powerlifting

Weightlifting involves the Snatch technique and the Clean and Jerk technique. The Snatch involves lifting the bar from the floor, overhead in one swift movement and the Clean and Jerk involves lifting the bar from the floor to the chest, and then from the chest to overhead.

This sport is a combination of speed, power, strength, flexibility, skill and mental toughness. Weightlifters compete in weight categories, and males and females compete separately. During competition each lifter has three attempts in both disciplines, the best of each are combined to form a total, and the athlete with the highest total wins the competition.

Gareth Evans celebrates double bodyweight and British record snatch
Gareth Evans celebrates double bodyweight and British record snatch
Hannah Powell clean and jerk 85kg in competition
Hannah Powell clean and jerk 85kg in competition