YOUNGSTERS from Featherstone Weightlifting Club were top of the class at the Northern England School Championships at Ellesmere Port.
A tally of eight first places and a second place was by far the best ever performance by the club’s junior section.
All the children achieved personal best lifts and outstanding technique scores.
Vicky Bowers, 13, Olivia Walker, 12, Maddison Mossop, 12, Kobain Riley, 11, Bradlee Bugg, 11, Sydney Burnett, 11, Jack Haytack, 11, Coben Kidger, 10, and Phoebe Burnett, 10, all lifted superbly.
Each lifter gained personal best snatch, clean and jerk and combined total improvements as well as scoring excellent technique scores that are awarded to development lifters to encourage safe and improved lifting standards as the lifters get older.
The club was the best represented from Yorkshire on the day and alongside many professional gyms did themselves proud by winning as many medals as any other club.
The children were coached by European Masters Games silver medalist Nick Hall, multiple time national champion Martyn Riley - Kobain’s father - excellently supported by Simon Walker, Olivia’s father.
Ethan Rogers, 10, and Dawson Horton, nine, will compete in the Harrogate Open, a BWL registered event, this Saturday.
It means the Featherstone club will have a total of 11 entrants in the British Schools Championship at Castleford’s Phoenix Theatre in February.
It’s not only Featherstone’s youngsters that have been doing well.
The club’s James Smith, Andy Philips and Martyn Riley competed at the recent Northern England Masters championships and all three qualified for the British Masters championship in March. Philips and Riley also qualified for the European Masters Masters championship in Sweden in August.
The trio were coached on the day by club members Allan Whitworth (club founder and secretary), former national squad lifted Simon Bland and and European Masters silver medalist Mark Wager.
Philips, Wager and Hall have already won medals in international masters competitions.
They will be joined by Riley, Smith and Si Walker in the British masters, making a club record six entrants.
Featherstone’s young lifters have received invaluable support from Wakefield District Council’s development projects and from development officer Jo Parkin, plus local companies Ozzy Uppercrust, Baghill, Pontefract, and Picon Printing, Pontefract Town Hall. The club are extremely grateful to Osman Celebi, Matt Jones and Helen Louise Hargreaves.
Anyone interested in joining the clubs kids group, which trains on a Thursday and has weekend sessions when available, should contact Martyn Riley on 07979913890 or Nick Hall on 0732273655.
It is an opportunity for children to socialise and exercise safely with others for only £1.50 a week.
Adults train Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6 from 8.30pm for £3 a week. Contact Allan Whitworth on 01977 794176 to arrange a free taster session.
More details about the club and its achivements can also be found on its Facebook page.