Featherstone’s young lifters give strong performances

Featherstone's successful lifters: (Back row, l to r): Nick Hall (coach), Kobain Riley, Vicky Bowers, Bradlee Bugg, Maddison  Mossop, Ethan Rogers, Martyn Riley (coach). (Front, l to r): Sydney Burnett, Jack Haytack, Dawson Horton, Phoebe Burnett, Coben Kidger.
Featherstone's successful lifters: (Back row, l to r): Nick Hall (coach), Kobain Riley, Vicky Bowers, Bradlee Bugg, Maddison Mossop, Ethan Rogers, Martyn Riley (coach). (Front, l to r): Sydney Burnett, Jack Haytack, Dawson Horton, Phoebe Burnett, Coben Kidger.

youngsters from Featherstone Weightlifting Club were in outstanding form at the Big Lift Competition at Stockport.

They were among 90 entrants at the British Weightlifting-organised tournament.

Eight Featherstone lifters qualified for the British Schools Championships to be held at Casteford’s Phoenix Theatre .

Vicky Bowers, Olivia Walker, Maddison Mossop, Jack Haytack, Coben Kidger, Bradlee Bugg and sisters Sydney and Phoebe Burnett gave top-notch displays to qualify, alongside three time reigning British champion Kobain Riley.

Featherstone already have a club record nine entrants at the national championships.

The total is set to increase to 11 when Ethan Rogers and Dawson Horton complete their qualification at the Northern England Schools Championship in Ellesmere Port on Saturday, November 26.

The children at Featherstone Weightlifting Club are coached by multiple time British champion Nick Hall who is a a European masters silver medallist and recently finished in fourth place in the World Masters tournament.

They are also coached by multiple time British champion Martyn Riley, a British Weightlifting level two coach and national referee who is Kobain Riley’s father.

The pair receive great support at matches and training from fellow lifter and parent Si Walker, Olivia’s father.

At the Stockport competition, the club had two masters representatives in James Smith and Martyn Riley, who both performed excellently.

Smith, grandson of club founder member Allan Whitworth, lifted solidly to match his competition personal best snatch of 63k. He narrowly missed a personal best clean and jerk of 81k.

Riley, coached by his mentor Nick Hall, lifted a 152k total, the qualification standard for the European masters championship in August.

Smith and Riley will represent Featherstone Weightlifting Club at the Northern England masters championship later this month along with Andy Philips and Mark Wager, current European masters bronze and silver medallists.

With the addition of Nick Hall and Si Walker, the club will have a six strong team at the British masters tournament.

The club’s recent successes have been helped by support from Wakefield District Council’s development projects and the regional development officer Jo Parkin.

The club has also benefited from generous sponsorship from Ozzy Uppercrust, Willow Park, Pontefract, and Picon Printing, Pontefract Market Place, which has enabled them to obtain the lifting clothing used by the schools lifters and their coaches.

Adults interested in having a go at weightlifting or simply interested in training with free weights should contact Allan Whitworth on 01977 794176.

Youngsters wishing to participate in the school-age sessions should contact Martyn Riley on 07979913890 or Nick Hall on 07342273655.

More details can also be found on the club’s Facebook page.