Congratulations to Dapo and Moa (juniors) on being selected to represent Great Britain at the World Classic Powerlifting Championships 5th-17th June 2018 Calgary, Canada.
This year, BGWLC have three lifters selected to compete for Great Britain – Thomas Celestin (105kg) , Ernie and June. They will be joined by current World Masters M2 (93kg) champion Robert Rodney. This is the first European Powerlifting championships and will be held in Helsingborg, Sweden over the course of this week, we wish the lifters much success.
On 14 & 15 March BGWLC took a team of weightlifters to the BWL Masters championships, held at Lillieshall.
Our lifters had a great day, taking 6 first places, one second place, and best overall female lifter!
Best overall female lifter
A big thanks to Martin Bass who accompanied the lifters.
Well done all!
BGWLC Weightlifting Club Championships 2014 – Saturday 13th December
by Pat Atteridge
Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club held its annual championships on Saturday 13th December, and showed that weight lifting is alive & well at the Green, with 17 competing of all ages & bodyweight classes.
This year was the first time the Green used an age allowance to make it fair for the older lifter, and I must say it turned out to be the best club championships ever.
Organised by the weight lifting coach Hamza Abiyo, and Martin Bass, club secretary, and run very well – with Martin doing a great job as usual as M.C. It was great to see so many beginners competing – 11 in total, 9 in the first group and 2 in the second group. 6 competed in the advanced/experienced group, for lifters who have competed before.
There were 3 medals for each group, and I must say Martin pushed the boat out with the standard of medals – better than I’ve won at the British Masters!
In the beginners’ group there was a great competition between one of Sauro’s boys Jorge Arango, and Thomas Leys from the Green. Thomas pulled ahead by only one kilo, coming first in the novice group. In the experienced group there was a great battle between Mark Bass and Tomasz Joka, once again coming down to a single kilo. Tomasz treated to us to a display of clean-grip snatching, but had to settle for 4th place overall. Michael Roach was the runner-up, and Pat Atteridge won for the second time in his long career.
- Thomas Leys
- Jorge Arango
- Vagelis Filis
- Patrick Atteridge
- Michael Roach
- Mark Bass
* Allowances were made between age & bodyweight, to ensure all lifters were competing on a level playing field.
BGWLC weightlifter Chris Ryan has put together two great videos of the annual weightlifting club championships, held on 13th December.
The lifters were split into two groups – novice lifters, who have never competed before; and experienced lifters. Each group had 1st, 2nd & 3rd place rankings; totals were adjusted for bodyweight & age.
1st place: Tom (90 snatch / 117 jerk / 207 total)
2nd place: Jorge (85 / 103 / 207)
3rd place: Vagellis (78 / 100 / 178)
1st place: Pat (57 / 75 / 132)
2nd place: Micky (65 / 95 / 160)
3rd place: Mark (97 / 118 / 215)
Congratulations to everyone who took part!
Here are the abbreviated results of the BWL Southern Masters, which was held at BGWLC on 8th November 2014. Click here to download the full results in Excel format.
|Name||Bodyweight (kg)||Best Snatch||Best Jerk||Total (kg)||Sinclair|
Thanks to the referees: Caroline Charles, Heather Allison, David Manion, Alan Oldershaw, Denise Ramsey-Overall and Stuart Choate.
Congratulations to everyone who took part!
GBPF Greater London Powerlifting Championships – Saturday 22nd November 2014
By Martin Bass; photos by Dave McWilliams.
We held the Greater London Champs with over 60 Lifters competing overall; 16 plus 1 guest represented the BGWLC.
5 men were competing for the first time, 2 of whom – Mike and Jason – were trying to qualify for the British Masters Champs. I will try to keep this article brief otherwise, with 17 Lifters, it could be a lengthy report!
We had 3 ladies competing, Rachel 52s M1, Laura and Orla both 72s.
RACHEL SMITH: 65(pb)/32.5/87.5 – Total: 180kg
LAURA PORTER: 95/52.5(pb)/120(pb) – Total: 267.5kg(pb)
ORLA KAYE: 82.5(pb)/55(pb)/102.5(pb) – Total: 240kg(pb)
All the ladies did well, with a sprinkling of personal bests. Rachel a 65kg squat; Laura a 52.5kg bench press and a big 120kg deadlift, plus total; and Orla a full house – squat, bench press, deadlift, total just falling 5kgs short of qualifying for the British Ladies. Next time!
5 Men were competing for the first time.
WADE LEE: 83s (b/wt 77) 157.5/105/180 – Total 442.5kg
NIZANIEL BUERY: 83s 147.5/140/210 – Total 497.5kg
MIKE DENZIL: 83s M1 150/107.5/190 – Total 447.5kg
JASON JACKSON: 83s M1 160/122.5/215 – Total 497.5kg
SAHEED MAHOOD: 93s 157.5/95/210 – Total 470kg
All the boys did very well with both the M1s qualifying for the British Masters next year. A special note for young Wade, who technically is very good showing plenty of potential.
Next up, James McDonald, making a come back at 74s, coming down from 83s.
JAMES MCDONALD: 74s 120/90/160 – Total 370kg
Good weights from James, with more to come at this bodyweight.
We had 2 other Masters Lifters, Alan 83s M1 (M2 next year) and Didier 93s M1.
ALAN JOSEPH: 83s M1 150/115/230 – Total 495kg
Alan has been carrying an injury so a qualifying total was all that was needed. (Get fixed Al!)
DIDIER KAN: 93s M1 205(pb)/115/215(pb) – Total 535kg(pb)
A very good performance from Didier.
In the 93s Seniors we had Ivan, Frederick and Anthony.
IVAN OTIM: 93s 190/120/257.5 – Total 567.5kg(pb)
FREDERICK ANNAN: 93s (85.3 – eat more Fred!) 190/157.5/245 – Total 592.5kg(pb)
ANTHONY UNG: 93s 200(pb)/120(pb)/250(pb) – Total 570kg(pb)
Anthony had looked good training with Steve lately and the numbers reflected this. Personal bests all round making up for the disappointment of missing the British.
We had 2 105s, Thomas plus a bigger Reece coming up from the 93s.
REECE SMITH: 105s 215(pb)/145/255(pb) – Total 615kg(pb)
6 months at this body weight will see Reece’s numbers climb.
THOMAS CELESTIN: 105s 242.5(pb)*/120/312.5(pb)* – Total 675kg(pb)*
*These pbs reflect Tom’s numbers since his shoulder surgery. As you can see the bench is still a work in progress.
Big Dave lifted as a guest and did very well.
DAVE RYGIELSKI: 120s (114) 205/140/250 – Total 595kg
As usual all our Lifters did well for the Gym. Thanks to our two new refs, Laura and Neal who did a good job, and also to the loaders, supporters and everyone who mucked in to tidy up afterwards ready for the BodyMASS Regional Competition that we hosted the next day.
Thanks to all.
The GBPF 2014 Greater London championships are being held at BGWLC on Saturday 22nd November.
Women & all men up to 83kg – weigh-in 8-9.30am; lift-off 10am
All men 93kg+ – weigh-in 12-1.30pm, estimated lift-off 2pm
The start list is below. If you believe the list to be incorrect, contact the organiser, Gary Bellinger, on 0782 4411448
Laura Jayne WILTON
Rebecca LYNN NICHOLSON
Daniel Ben CHORIN
Chris Ryan has put together a great video of all Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club’s lifters at the BWL Southern Masters. Enjoy!
BWL London & South East Open, Crystal Palace, 1st November 2014
Hamza Abiyo, who is the new weightlifting coach at the Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club, showed how it’s done with a great display of power & skill on Saturday 1st November, at the London & South East Open.
He broke the club records in all movements in the 105kg class, only weighing 96.45kg.
Stating with a light opener of 105kg in the snatch, he jumped to 115kg, making this look easier than his first lift. He then asked for a massive 125kg for a personal best and new club record; amazingly, he made this his best lift. The crowd went mad, as I think no-one believed he could do this with a 10kg jump.
The clean & jerk was to prove a bit harder, as from his last snatch to his opener there was less than 15 minutes, and Hamza wasn’t fully recovered – but recovery is the name of the game!
After a near miss on his opener, with 125kg, he asked for 132kg. This proved to be much better. He then asked for 137kg for a personal best clean & jerk, and total. This final lift was better than the previous two!
Hamza finished in 3rd place, with new Bethnal Green records in all lifts. Well done Hamza!
If you want to lift with Coach Hamza, he is at BGWLC on Wednesday & Friday evenings, Thursday mornings and Saturday 10am-12pm. See our Opening Times for details.