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The British Age Group Championships is a growing and more popular weightlifting event for the younger lifter in the UK, British Weight Lifting is pleased to announce that the British Age Groups will run over the weekend of 9 -10 September and will be held at the sprinting track of John Charles Centre for Sport based in Leeds.

The British Age Group Championships 2023 will provide a competition opportunity for the younger weightlifters in the UK, in age groups ranging from U12 up to U23. Categorised as a Tier 1 event, the results from the competition will be listed on the BWL rankings and can be used for qualification to future national events and international selection.

The British Age Group Championships 2023 will recognise the following age group categories as detailed in the BWL TCRR:

Development – U10        Aged 10 or under on 31 December 2023              

Development – U12        Aged 11 or 12 on 31 December 2023

Under 15                           Aged 13-15 on 31 December 2023

Under 17                           Aged 15-17 on 31 December 2023 *

Under 20                           Aged 15-20 on 31 December 2023 *

Under 23                           Aged 15-23 on 31 December 2023 *

* An individual aged 15 or over can select to compete in a higher age group

The accepted qualification period where lifters must have reached the qualification standard is from 9 September 2022 to 30 July 2023.

The entries will open at 09:00 on 19 June. The entry fee is £30 entries and will close at 17:00 on 30 July.

Please note entries are not refundable. The event will be capped at 200 entries.

The qualification standards for this event are listed on the BWL website please see below to ensure you have reached the required total:


Please note: there is no qualification total for lifters in the Under 12 Development category. The only requirement is they must have previously competed in a tier 3 competition or virtual.

British Weight Lifting is running a virtual competition for those trying to qualify for the British Age Group Championships.

The virtual qualifier opens at 09:00 on Monday 12 June, and will close for entries at 21:00 on Sunday 23 July 2023.

People can use this virtual competition to reach the new British Senior qualification standards and be listed in the rankings to earn a position at the British Championships 2023. No records can be broken.

Entries will cost £15.00


Lifters may move bodyweight category up to 7 days before the event takes place as long as they have reached the qualification standard for the heavier category by giving written notice to  

Lifters U12, U15 and U17 are able to move up one category on the day as long as they have reached the qualification standard for the heavier category.

The top three ranked lifters in lifter in each age groups and bodyweight category will be crowned as ‘British U12 2023 Champion’, British U15 2023 Champion’, `British U17 2023 Champion`, British U20 2023 Champion`, British U23 2023 Champion` respectively.

Placings will be determined according to total (in kg) for each age and body weight group, and medals will be awarded for the top three positions in each age and bodyweight category.

All totals must equal or exceed the qualification total for each body weight category, in the case where a lifter positions in 'first place' with a total under the stated qualification total, they will be regarded as ‘winner’ rather than ‘champion’, and will not receive a medal as per TCRR rule 6.8.2

First place (highest total)              Gold

Second place (next total)              Silver

Third place (next total)                  Bronze

If two lifters achieve the same total, they will be placed in accordance with the BWL TCRR rule where the winning total is determined by who achieved it first in the competition, regardless of bodyweight.

British Age Group Championships Spectator Tickets



Single day


Single day


Single day child concession*


Single day child concession*


Weekend Standard


Weekend Standard


Weekend child concession*


Weekend child concession*


*Please note that a child concession is someone aged between 11 - 16 years of age.  Photographic ID to prove age may be required. Anyone aged 10 and under can enter the competition free of charge with an accompanying adult.




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