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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 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


Clean and Jerk

Para Powerlifting

The ultimate upper body strength test. The Bench Press is the single discipline of this sport, which is participated in by males and females who have one or more of the following impairments or physical disabilities (please see Para-Powerlifting Rules for extensive list):

  • Loss of Muscle Strength Leg: Loss of strength in a hip, knee, ankle or foot that impacts on the ability to stand.
  • Impaired passive range of movement
  • Limb Loss or Deficiency Leg: Single amputation above the ankle joint.
  • Leg length difference (minimum difference 7cm)
  • Short Stature (Less than 145cm Males, less than 140cm females)
  • Hypertonia, Ataxia, Athetosis Hypertonia (Spasticity, Rigidity or Dystonia), Ataxiaor Athetosis that leads to impairment in function in lower limb.
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Lower limb amputation
  • Poliomyelitis

Like Weightlifting, Para Powerlifting requires strength, technical ability, and mental toughness. Lifters compete in weight categories and in male or female categories. There are three attempts permitted in competition. The lifter with the highest bench press in their category is the winner.

Para Powerlifters with their medals and coaches