Over the weekend of 9-10th of April, the Brunel Weightlifting club competed in the British University Championships, managing to secure second place with only six lifters in the competition. The club, which is only in its second year, also secured two silver medals and a bronze medal. These were awarded to Lewis Ridett, Toby Van Nes and Kimberley Stanford, each with totals of 285kg, 230kg and 112kg respectively. Lewis Ridett who is the president of the club and competes in the mens 85kg category, secured the required qualification total for the World University Championships with a massive 162kg clean and jerk and will possibly represent Brunel University and Great Britain at the World University Championships.
In addition to this, lifting in the women’s 58kg category, Ashleigh Betts achieved a total of 100kg and Georgia Owens, who has previously qualified for the British U20 championships, achieved a total of 104kg in the women’s 69kg category. The success of the competition can be attributed to the dedication and ambition of the Brunel lifters, most of whom are relatively new to the sport and to the invaluable coaching team lead by Kristian McPhee, a former Brunel lifter. In securing second place behind a full Bournemouth team, with only six lifters in the competition, Brunel Weightlifting has demonstrated its tremendous potential for the years ahead.
By Noa Mozes