Featherstone weightlifters enjoy success

Featherstone Weightlifting Club members celebrate medal success.
Featherstone Weightlifting Club members celebrate medal success.

Featherstone Weightlifting club has continued its fantastic year of success which is adding to its rich 60-year plus history.

At the first ever Mytholmroyd Youth Open, hosted by BWL competition manager and coach Ed Halstead, the club had five entrants with all winning their classes.

In the under 13s girls section Chloe Hutchinson, a reigning Northern England champion, won the year three 44kg class with six out of six lifts, including a competition personal best 11kg clean and jerk.

Freya Bolton, in only her first competition after just a month of training, became the club’s youngest ever medallist and winner as she also got all her lifts to win the year two 35kg class.

In the under 13s boys Mackallan Whitley scored an amazing 70 out of 72 on the technical scoring system used for development lifters to encourage good, safe lifting! He won the year four 40kg class to add to the Northern England title he already holds from his excellent early successes.

Wesley and Kobain Riley, who are both diagnosed with ASD, also both lifted competition personal bests and made it so the entire team went 30 out of 30 for successful lifts.

Wesley won the year six 77kg class and Kobain in the year eight 77kg class and qualified for the British Under 13s Championships where he will try and win a fifth British schools title.

Next weekend at the first ever British Development Open the club has four lifters in Lily-Rose Tepper, Mackallan Whitley, Oliver Tepper and Jack Hawkins representing the club at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry where Martyn Riley will be contesting the Masters Open and refereeing and Sharon Tepper will be promoted to national referee.

The four representing the club in the under 13s are all Yorkshire and Northern England champions.

As well as the youngsters the adults at the club have also achieved great results. James Smith got a personal best 161kg total to win the Scottish Masters open. Justine Davis and Martyn Riley both came second in Budapest in the European Masters where Andy Philips and Mark Wager both also obtained medals representing Great Britain.

The Featherstone kids are coached by former European champion, international referee and currently placed second in Europe Martyn Riley, Northern England champion and record holder Sharon Tepper, twice European silver medallist and British Record holder Justine Davis and experienced international lifter and coach Bob Jackson. Also coaching at the club are former British champion and national squad member Tom Smith and the club founder, president and international category one referee Allan Whitworth.

The club not only has many lifters that have achieved great results regionally, nationally and internationally, it also offers great opportunities to socialise and exercise doing physical recreation activities

The club is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6-8.30pm for adults with membership subscriptions of £3 and first session free. Children sessions run 5-6pm Wednesday and Friday at £1 a week and first session free. Contact Allan Whitworth on 01977 794176 or Tom Smith at featherstone weightliftingclub@gmail.com