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Eleven British Records Smashed at the 2019 Birds Eye British Championships

Eleven of the UK’s best-known lifters have scooped a share of the Sportscover Award for lifters breaking British records at the recent Birds Eye British Championships held in Coventry last weekend. 

Eleven British Records Smashed at the 2019 Birds Eye British Championships

Leading Sports and Leisure insurance provider, Sportscover had pledged a £500 record breaker prize pot and the athletes took full advantage to showcase their talent in front of a packed Ricoh Arena.

With only 3 records broken at the previous year’s event, this was a remarkable performance by the country’s leading lifters and demonstrates the year-on-year improvement male and female participants continue to make.

All records can be found below:

Weightlifting

Lifter

Category

Record

S

C&J

T

Kelly-Jo Robson

W49

-

87

156

Fraer Morrow

W55

-

102

-

Olivia Blatch

W59

-

103

183

Sarah Davies

W64

101

-

-

Zoe Smith

W64

-

-

225

Gareth Evans

M73

131

-

286

Cyrille Tchatchet

M102

161

-

-

Owen Boxall

M109

-

200

350

Mackenzie Middleton

M109+

145

174

319

 

Para Powerlifting

Lifter

Category

Record

Olivia Broome

W-61kg

96kg

Louise Sugden

W 86kg

116kg

 

BWL’s CEO Ashley Metcalfe added:

“I would like to add my continued thanks to Martin Crannis and all at Sportscover, who are one of BWL’s longest serving partners on and off the platform. As an Olympic qualifier, with a strong International dynamic, the Birds Eye Championships were a landmark event and a true celebration of the whole of the sport.Weightlifting and Para-Powerlifting are hugely exciting and passionate sports, open to an increasingly diverse and inclusive audience. We have a big part to play in helping the sport grow at all levels, whilst also ensuring local communities appreciate the very real health benefits of being fitter, healthier and stronger throughout their lives.”

Martin Crannis CEO of Sportscover Europe commented, “Sportscover was delighted to witness the quality of the performances at the British Championships and the International Open event.  The fact that so many British Records were broken illustrates perfectly just how much progress is being made by British lifters, and we are delighted to continue our support for BWL looking ahead to Tokyo 2020 and of course, Birmingham 2022.”

The Birds Eye Championships was a real celebration of the whole of the sport attracting a record number of entries and spectators, including an IWF Olympic Bronze qualifying event, which featured over 70 international athletes, as well as the traditional National Seniors and Para-Powerlifting events. A further junior Development competition and Masters’ event completed the schedule.

British Weight Lifting recently announced that the world’s leading specialist sport and leisure insurer Sportscover has extended their exciting partnership until 2022 covering both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020 and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games two years later.

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