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We have three British Open competitions:

- The British Open will run between 10 - 11 September 2022 at Loughborough University

- The virtual British Open Series will run quarterly throughout 2022

- The big Scottish lift up for the Armed Forces running 29 July and 12 August 2022

As a mark of respect and to honour Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, British Weight Lifting (BWL) took the difficult decision to cancel the British Open at Loughborough University on 9 September 2022.

Lifters will be granted automatic refunds for their entry fee, and an alternative provision of qualification opportunity will be made for those identified athletes vying for World Championships selection. Formal complaints, questions, or queries should be forwarded by email to enquiries@britishweightlifting.org

We have established the following process spectators to gain refunds:

Please email enquiries@britishweightlifting.org with the subject line ‘BOS spectator refund’ and provide information of the following:

  • Proof of spectator ticket purchase
  • Who you were going to watch at the event
  • BWL Membership number (if applicable)

BWL will then raise the refund request directly with National Fitness Games on your behalf

Following the announcement of the British Open which is to be held between 10 – 11 September at Loughborough University, British Weight Lifting are pleased to announce that we will also be teaming up with the National Fitness Games FitFest event.

The outdoor event (weather permitting) will give lifters the opportunity to display their technique, power, and passion to both weightlifting fans and the FitFest event audience. This will be a first for British Weight Lifting, and we look forward to seeing a high standard of weightlifting displayed to the wider functional fitness community.

By teaming up with the National Fitness Games FitFest, lifters and spectators will be part of a festival of fitness that will bring together fitness enthusiasts from across the country.

Start list, schedule & information pack

Please see the event schedule below. The schedule may be subject to change, so please check back regularly in the lead up to the competition.

British Open Schedule

Please see the start list for the event below. If you have any questions or queries, please contact competitions@britishweightlifting.org.

British open start list

 

British Open 2022 information pack

Please see information pack for the event below. The pack is relevant to all athlete, coaches, and volunteers for the competition.

British Open series information pack

Spectator Tickets

Spectator tickets can be purchase via the National Fitness Games website here.

Spectators need only purchase one ticket for access to the full programme of events over the course of the weekend. Not only will you gain access to watch the lifting at our British Open competition, you also get access to all the other events taking place on the day.

TICKETS

Livestream tickets

Can't make it to Loughborough? Not to worry, you can tune in to our FREE livestream- provided by Joymo.

Saturday Red platform   

Saturday Blue platform

Sunday Red platform      

Sunday Blue platform   
Ranking and qualification

Classed as a tier 2 event the results from the competition can be used to qualify for tier 1 competitions and will be listed on the rankings through BARS.

The top three ranked lifters in the senior and masters groups and bodyweight categories will be crowned ‘British Open Champion 2022’ or ‘British Open Masters Champion 2022’ respectively.

Placings will be determined according to total for both groups.

 Any other questions or queries

If you have any further questions or queries, please contact British Weight Lifting by emailing competitions@britishweightlifting.org or call 01132 249 402.

 

Virtual British Open Series

The Virtual British Open Series will be run every quarter throughout 2022. The competition is open to all BWL members across the UK and is classed as a Tier 3 event. It is perfect for anyone wanting to start competing but is not able to get to a club competition or anyone who would like to practise their competitive lifts in the run up to an event.

The British Open Series competition is a virtual weightlifting competition, allowing athletes all over the country to submit lifting videos and get lifts adjudicated by British Weight Lifting technical officials.

The British Open Series was introduced in 2021 to help support athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic and allow them to qualify for further competitions. The series was previously held on a monthly basis. Moving forwards in 2022, the series will be held quarterly.

The competition will be open to all BWL members across the UK and will be classed as a Tier 3 event.  This means results from the competition can be used for rankings and qualification to future events.

Entries

There are no qualification requirements for the British Open Series, you simply need to be a current member of British Weight Lifting.

Entries will be processed through the virtual competition hub:

Entries will cost £15.00

To enter you will need to film yourself making up to three attempts at the snatch and clean & jerk and upload them to the competition webpage. See videos below on how to ensure your uploads meet the requirements. 

BWL ask that lifters refrain from recording their entry with background music which features explicit or abusive language. Please be aware that this could result in a no-lift.

Enter Here

Overview of the British Open Series

Key dates

  • Round 1

Entries will open 1 January, and close on 31 March 2022

Round 1 results

  • Round 2

Entries will open 1 April, and close on 30 June 2022

Round 2 results

  • Round 3

Entries will open 1 July, and close 30 September 2022

  • Round 4

Entries will open 1 October, and close 16 December 2022

Age Groups

There is no minimum age to compete. The British Open Series will recognise four age groups:

Development                      Aged 12 or below

Youth                                     Aged 13 – 17

Senior                                    Aged 18 – 34

Masters                                 Aged 35+

All age groups are calculated based on the lifters age on 31 December 2021.

Scoring

Although all results from the British Open Series are eligible for ranking and qualification, the Series itself is not scored on Total.  It is scored on points; the Series winner is the male and female lifter in each age group with the highest combined points score after the Series final event. 

The type of points used for scoring each age group are:

Development                      Technique Points

Youth                                     Sinclair Points

Senior                                    Sinclair Points

Masters                                 SMF Points

Technical Rules and Exceptions

Find all details in the TCRRs and Virtual TCRRs. Contact British Weight Lifting by emailing competitions@britishweightlifting.org or call 01132 249 402 if you have any questions.

Results

Quarter one results can be found here.

How-to videos

The Big Scottish Lift Up

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our Armed Forces, veterans and their families since 1885.  SSAFA is here for them – any time they need us, in any way they need us, for as long as they need us.

SSAFA is working with BWL, Weightlifting Scotland and Fitness Training Scotland to raise money for the Armed Forces community in Scotland.  This competition is open to anyone.

This Armed Forces Day, Lift Up for our Armed Forces.

Entries

There are no qualification requirements for the online competition.

Enter Here

Entries will cost £20.00

To enter, you will need to film yourself making up to three attempts at the snatch and clean & jerk and upload them to the competition webpage. See videos below on how to ensure your uploads meet the requirements. 

BWL ask that lifters refrain from recording their entry with background music which features explicit or abusive language. Please be aware that this could result in a no-lift.

As this competition is a charity event, if you do not have a current BWL membership BWL will grant you a temporary membership for this competition only.

To donate to the SSAFA charity please click here.

Overview of The Big Scottish Lift Up

Key Dates

  • Expressions of interest are open now until 29 July 2022
  • Entries to close on 12 August 2022
  • Results announced on 26 August 2022

You are able to upload your entries as soon as you gain access to your log in details (these will be emailed out to you within 3 working days of your expression of interest being completed).

Technical Rules and Exceptions

Find all details in the TCRRs and Virtual TCRRs. Contact British Weight Lifting by emailing competitions@britishweightlifting.org or call 01132 249 402 if you have any questions.

The categories are as follows:

Female

  • Under 59.00kg
  • 59.01kg to 71.00kg
  • 71.01kg and over

Male

  • Under 73.00kg
  • 73.01kg to 96.00kg
  • 96.01 and over

 

Age groups:

MALE

FEMALE

Veteran (Over 35)

Veteran (Over 35)

Adult

Adult

Junior (Under 18)

Junior (Under 18)

How-to videos

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