Featherstone’s young weightlifters in class of their own

Featherstone's successful young weightlifters with their coaches.
Featherstone's successful young weightlifters with their coaches.

Featherstone Weightlifting Club’s juniors underlined they are the best in the country in a Northern Schools competition on Tyneside on Saturday.

The youngsters, who are officially the number one schools club in Britain, added to their recent successes when 14 of them competed at Unique Fitness Gym, Wallsend.

They all won their bodyweight and age classes and between them they won three age group best lifter awards and went close to winning five.

In the primary school boy lifters section, Oliver Tepper (year three), Wesley Riley (year five) and Zac Slater (year three) lifted in their first regional championship and achieved 17 out of 18 lifts correctly. They all became Northern England champions for the first time.

Competing in the same section were Featherstone’s former Northern England schools champion Jay Weston (year six), and current Harrogate open champion and British schools medalist Dawson Horton (year five).

The two experienced lifters not only won their classes but Jay came first overall for the primary school boys and Dawson a close second as they achieved personal best scores of 143 and 142 for the weights lifted and the technique displayed.

The club’s four primary school girl lifters also won titles.

Oliver’s twin sister Lilly Rose Tepper (year three) had an excellent first competition as she completed all six lifts attempted.

Alicia Ellam (year four) did excellently in her first competition. She recovered from a near missed first snatch to score perfect points on her final snatch and clean and jerks to claim the regional title.

Phoebe Burnett (year five) showed improved technique and lifted competition best weights to claim a second regional title to go with her British schools silver medal.

Reigning British schools champion Sydney Burnett (year six) emulate her sister by completing all six attempts and personal best lifts including a 27 kilogram clean and jerk to win her fifth regional title and the the best lifter overall award.

Maddison Mossop (year seven) competed in the high school girls section.

She completed all six lifts to claim competition best snatch and clean and jerk. She won her second regional title to add to her British silver medal by scoring 55 technique points to come second overall in the age group. Olivia Walker (year eight) recovered from a near missed opening lift to not only win her fifth regional but she also scored 56 technique points to win the overall high school girls award.

New starter Ellie Bailey (year eight) competed in the youth section. She lifted an impressive 64 kilogram total to win her first Northern Region title and come second overall in the section.

Reigning British Schools champion Bradlee Bugg (year seven) competed in the high school boys section. He claimed his third regional title and lifted a competition best clean and jerk of 23 kilograms.

Four-time British champion Kobain Riley (year seven) was also in top form. He won his seventh regional title and came a close second overall in high school boys lifters

The day was a massive success for the Featherstone club’s Junior Raptors, the new name for the section.

The youngsters are coached by British masters champions Nick Hall and Martyn Riley, supported by British masters silver medalist Si Walker.

Nick Hall’s wife Tracy acts as team manager, sorting the children’s lifting attire and packed lunches. Anyone interested in joining the kids club can contact Tracy Hall via the club’s two Facebook pages or by ringing her on 07342273655 to arrange a free taster session. Adults train Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more details contact Allan Whitworth on 01977-794176.