Pair are top of class at schools championships

Molly Dyas and Kobain Riley with coaches Martyn Riley (left) and Nick Hall.
Molly Dyas and Kobain Riley with coaches Martyn Riley (left) and Nick Hall.
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Local weightlifters Molly Jane Dyas and Kobain Riley were in title-winning form at the Northern England Schools Championships at the Oasis Community Centre in Ellesmere Port on Sunday.

Molly defended the title she won 12 months ago. She achieved a competition personal best total of 63 kilograms to win the year ten 53 kilogram schoolgirl class.

Kobain, the current British champion, competed at under 14 in the development style competition in which all the lifts not just the best ones count. Technique scores are also included.

Kobain won the Northern England school year four 56 kilogram championship with a solid six lifts, improved technique scores and 61 kilogram total.

Molly trains under the guidance of Nick Hall, a reigning British Masters champion and World Championship finalist.

Kobain has been training successfully through the club partnership formed between Featherstone Weightlifting Club and Wakefield College Weightlifting Club. He has been training at both venues for around 20 months.

He is coached by proud dad and former British medallist and Northern Senior champion Martyn Riley.

Martyn believes both Molly and Kobain have great futures.

He said: “They both train really hard to match their abilities. Both me and Nick feel they can achieve great things.”

Next year promises to be an exciting year, not only for the young stars but also for Nick, Paul Sheen and Mark Wager, fifth in a previous World Masters. They will be doing the clubs proud at the European Masters Championships at Cardiff in June.

Anyone interested in having a go at weightlifting can contact Mark Helme at Wakefield College Weightlifting Club on 07769682667 or Allan Whitworth at Featherstone WLC on 01977-794176. Both clubs are also on Facebook.