24th July saw us host the second of our Olympic lifting competitions here at Form. With another great attendance and on the back of what was a superb Crossfit competition the day before, we were set for another great day of people testing themselves.
We run the competitions as close to IWF (International Weightlifting Federation) rules as possible – firstly to make it fair to all and secondly, to give those new to competitive Olympic weightlifting a flavour of what it would be like in an official competition. That kind of experience really matters!
Whilst running the competition as official as possible, we also run them slightly different in terms of the groups. We group athletes together based on the weight they can lift – this way it means that athletes aren’t just taking consecutive lifts (if no one else is taking a similar weight), plus it makes it so much easier for the loading. It also gives new lifters something to aim for – trying to beat the others in their group.
However, at the end we group the results into the standard male and female classes. The winner for each weight group is calculated on what is known as the ‘Sinclair’ formula – the official method used by all lifting federations.
We’ll be running another competition in November, so keep checking our social media for news and updates. We want to keep providing an opportunity for lifters of any experience chance to lift in a great atmosphere and we really appreciate your support.
Anyway, dull bit over – here is some stuff around the actual lifting.
I’ll start with who were the best lifters and why we chose them. Traditional competitions would use the Sinclair formula to determine who had the highest score. Very fair, but we wanted to do it on who felt brought the most to the day.
I wouldn’t feel happy not giving a quick mention to Adam Travis. Not just for his lifting and showmanship (we love it Adam!), but for the fact that he lifted so well at the end of what must have been a long day for him having coached his young lifters as well as others. Well done Adam. Coaching can be equally rewarding and thankless but sport heralds people like you.
Abi Iliffe and Richard Hill were both chosen as our best female and male lifters. Abi showed superb technique even though she hasn’t been lifting very long. With 6 out of 6 and some brilliant squat jerks she showed brilliant consistency.
We must apologise for the lack of photos of the Ladies’ classes – we just didn’t have anyone available. Promise we will make up for it next time….
Richard also got 6 out of 6 with personal bests on both lifts. Again, chosen for his consistency and effort into each lift. A superb amount of effort into each lift as well.
Even better, Richard stated at his weigh-in that he would get a 250Kg on the day; there’s a lot to be said for positive thinking!
Let’s do the men first and start with our youngest lifter, Luke.
Luke has so far won Gold and Silver medals in two British Championships and is one a British Weightlifting regional talent development squad. No surprise then that even lifting unopposed he was superb. 3 out of 3 on his Snatch with a new personal best of 55Kg and narrowly missing the Jerk with 68Kg but again getting a PB Clean.
Luke has a fantastic future in Olympic lifting and we thank everyone who supports him.
Onto some of the other classes. The Men’s 69Kg class saw brilliant match between Luigi and Jugal with only 0.2 points in the Sinclair. But the clear winner for the 69Kg saw Dane do a brilliant Jerk with 115kg. Dane features in our as yet un-beaten Yorkshire League team, so no surprise he lifted well.
We’ll skip most of the 77kg only to say that Coach Paul was one of a handful to get 6 out of 6 lifts and a total that would qualify him for the European Masters next year.
The Men’s 85Kg class is always one of the most popular and closely fought in competitions and this as no different. This group saw Ed Freckleton lift in his first competition and some good lifting from our friend and MC Bryn Jones (European Masters Medalist, British Champion) and Liam Baker getting over bodyweight Snatch.
Some of the best lifting of the day was between young Marcus Collins and our Coach Jamie Emblow. Marcus had a shaky start missing his first two Snatches with 101 and Jamie easily getting 106. But Marcus is coached by Ed Halstead – one of the countries’ best national coaches and coach to Olympian Rebekah Tyler. So no surprise that he came back strong and got all 3 of his Jerks. Jamie finished with a PB of 141Kg but as Marcus was 5Kg bodyweight lighter, finished with a much higher Sinclair total. Brilliant lifting from Marcus – he is defo one to watch for the future.
Just as popular was the Men’s 94Kg class. Great lifting from Josh Carter and John Tomlin in their first comp, and a little bad luck for William missing all his Snatches - it happens Will, don’t be too disappointed. Some great lifting from Joe Senior, Jovanni Briones and Andy Zimmer – all snatching around bodyweight showing their technique is coming on. We’ll talk about Richard later – but superb lifting and a PB total of 250Kg!
Another great show in the Men’s 105Kg Class. Peter Bowers is a Form lifter – training 4 or 5 times a week his technique is improving greatly. He’s also another Form member who lifts on one of our 3 Yorkshire Lifting League Teams. Alex Davies and James Wheeler showing some great consistency. James is another one of Ed Halstead’s lifters, so he showed great technique.
Mike and Adam were over the 94Kg limit but sure with their experience they could get there if they wanted. Mike is still on the road to recovery but is a fantastic example of superb technique.
Adam, ever the showman, decided he would excite us all by missing his first two Snatches with 120kg (just for the atmosphere……. J ) but then showed what he is about in the Clean and Jerk. Taking 10kg increments for each attempt finished with a superb 170!
More to the point Adam had spent the day coaching his young lifters Kobe, Cadence, Callum, Liam and Harvey as well as Sam Franklin lifting in the ladies groups. Coaching is hard work so to lift so well at the end of the day deserves a little more recognition. Well done Adam! It was fantastic to have you hear at Form again!
So, onto the Ladies!
Sam Franklin didn’t have the start she would have wanted in the Snatch, but showed superb technique in the Clean & Jerk. Just missing 70Kg at bodyweight of only 48Kg is good, national level lifting. Sam is another one to watch, especially being coached by Adam.
Ashleigh Galley and Gemma Peregrin both lifted well in the women’s 53Kg class – Ashleigh getting near to bodyweight Jerk which is always a great milestone.
In the 58Kg Sarah Burgan started well in the Snatch but unfortunately missed all her Jerks. Missing all 3 in a competition is always disappointing but keep positive Sarah – it will only make your more determined for the next one!
Steph was clear winner in this class with a PB Clean & Jerk. Steph is part of Form Team 1 for the Yorkshire Lifting League, as she was last year. She’s an integral part of that team – helping them to be unbeaten in any match last year apart from the National Final. Plus the are still unbeaten again this year!
More great lifters in the Women’s 63Kg class. Sarah Griffiths taking the top spot with a superb bodyweight Clean and Jerk – if you’re not a lifter but enjoy strength work just take a minute to think how good that is!
The Women’s 69Kg class is always a popular class in any competition and we had 4 great competitors here. Claudia lifting in her first competition. Amanda had lifted in our first competition her at Form and it was great to see her back again, improving on her previous total. Only 2Kg off bodyweight C&J as well! The top two in this group were Natalie and Amy. Both with superb efforts of all 3 Jerks.
Finally the Women’s 75+Kg class. Just two lifters here. Frances Greaney in her first competition with 5 good lifts out of six and Abigail with 6 out of 6, showing absolutely superb squat jerk technique – really hard to master.
We love hosting these competitions. If you competed or just came and watched then tell your friends and family about them. We want to grow the competitions and give people and opportunity to compete in our superb venue.
Finally, a “thank you” to everyone who helped, but especially to Eddie Halstead and Bryn Jones for refereeing and doing the MC. Brilliant to have you both around.
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