Featherstone’s young weightlifters are top of the class

Featherstone Weightlifting Club's Northern England Schools champions with  development coach Martyn Riley.
Featherstone Weightlifting Club's Northern England Schools champions with development coach Martyn Riley.

Youngsters from Featherstone Weightlifting Club were in impressive form at two recent championships.

The club had three winners and a second place at the British Schools Championship and seven winners at the Northern England Schools Championship.

It was the most winners of any North of England club and the most winners at a schools tournament in the Featherstone club’s 59-year history.

The young lifters were rewarded for a year of hard training and their determination and commitment.

At the British Schools Championships at Castleford’s Phoenix Theatre, Kobain Riley, aged 11, Jacob Richardson, aged 10, Sydney Burnett, aged 10, and eight-year-old Olivia Richardson won three titles and a silver medal between them.

They completed personal best competition totals and achieved tremendous style and technique scores.

They were joined by fellow Featherstone lifters Olivia Walker, aged 12, Beth Heatley, aged 16, and nine-year-old debutant Jay Weston at the Northern England Championships at Stockport.

All seven were crowned North of England Schools champions.

Beth, Olivia Walker, Jay, Kobain, Sydney, Jacob and Olivia Richardson all lifted magnificently.

With its recent success, the Featherstone club has gained new school members Bradlee Bugg and Wesley Riley who are now training hard.

The lifters are coached by club founding member, former champion and international referee Allan Whitworth, European masters championship silver medallist Nick Hall and British medallist, regional champion and national referee Martyn Riley.

Development coach Martyn said: “The lifters train hard at the gym each week and promote the club, their families and themselves with effort, attitude and application that any adult or child would be proud of demonstrating.”

The children have great role models in Mark Wager, a multiple British record holder, and fellow European medallists and British champions in the masters category Nick Hall and Andy Phillips.

All three will aim to add to their medal hauls at the forthcoming British Masters.

The Featherstone club is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 9pm.

The subscription is £3 for adults and £1.50 for under eighteens.

For more details contact Allan Whitworth on 01977 794176 or visit the club’s Facebook page.