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Following a successful event in 2020, Manchester will once again host the world’s finest para powerlifters as they go head-to-head at this crucial qualifier for the rescheduled Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Taking place at Wythenshawe Forum from 25-28 March, the National Lottery-funded Manchester 2021 World Para Powerlifting World Cup will be the first event of its kind to be held in the UK since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Set to be another exciting showcase of strength and power, the 2021 event will be para powerlifting at its dramatic and breath-taking best. 

WATCH ON THE LIVE STREAM

The current restrictions mean unfortunately we’re unable to welcome spectators at the event, however, you can still cheer on the team from home by tuning into the live stream on the British Weight Lifting Facebook page from 25-28 March.

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The prize includes:

  • A personalised online training session with a GB coach;
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Terms and Conditions

COMPETITION SCHEDULE

The event takes place from Thursday 25 - Sunday 28 March 2021.

Thursday 25 March

  • Women’s up to 41 kg, up to 45 kg, from 11am
  • Women's up to 50 kg, from 1pm
  • Women's up to 55 kg, from 2.40pm
  • Men’s up to 49 kg, from 4.20pm
  • Men's up to 54 kg, from 6.15pm

GB athletes in this session: Zoe Newson, Olivia Broome, Charlotte McGuiness, Ali Jawad, Tom Smith

Friday 26 March

  • Men’s up to 59 kg, from 10am
  • Women’s up to 61 kg, from 1.05pm
  • Women’s up to 67 kg, from 2.50pm
  • Men’s up to 65 kg, from 4.45pm 
  • Men’s up to 72 kg, from 6.25pm

GB athletes in this session: Kim Dean, Rebecca Bedford, Sean Clare and Mark Swan, Nathaniel Wilding and Micky Yule

Saturday 27 March

  • Men’s up to 80 kg, from 11am
  • Women’s up to 73 kg and up to 79 kg, from 1pm 
  • Men’s up to 88 kg and up to 97 kg, from 3pm

Sunday 28 March

  • Men’s up to 107 kg, from 10am
  • Men’s over 107 kg, from 11.35am
  • Women’s up to 86 kg and over 86 kg, from 1.25pm

Mixed team event

GB athletes in this session: Louise Sugden and Liam McGarry.

Lifting starts from 3pm on Sunday 28 March

Victory ceremonies will take place from 4.40pm

CEREMONY TIMES

Thursday 25 March

  • Women’s up to 41 kg, up to 45 kg, from 11.50am
  • Women's up to 50 kg, from 1.40pm
  • Women's up to 55 kg, from 3.20pm
  • Men’s up to 49 kg, from 5.05pm
  • Men's up to 54 kg, from 7pm

Friday 26 March

  • Men’s up to 59 kg, from 12.05pm
  • Women’s up to 61 kg, from 1.55pm
  • Women’s up to 67 kg, from 3.50pm
  • Men’s up to 65 kg, from 5.25pm 
  • Men’s up to 72 kg, from 7.30pm

Saturday 27 March

  • Men’s up to 80 kg, from 12pm
  • Women’s up to 73 kg and up to 79 kg, from 2pm 
  • Men’s up to 88 kg and up to 97 kg, from 3.40pm

Sunday 28 March

  • Men’s up to 107 kg, from 10.40am
  • Men’s over 107 kg, from 12.25pm
  • Women’s up to 86 kg and over 86 kg, from 2.10pm

COMPETING ATHLETES

A 13-strong Great Britain team has been selected for the event including Rio 2016 silver medallist and former world record holder Ali Jawad, two-time Paralympic bronze medallist Zoe Newson, 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Louise Sugden and European champion Micky Yule.

The squad will include a mixture of experience and emerging talent, with Liam McGarry and Kim Dean both returning to Manchester after making their international debuts at last year’s event, following impressive progress at domestic level. 

Read the full squad here.

ABOUT PARA POWERLIFTING

The ultimate test of upper body strength, para powerlifting is one of the fastest-growing Paralympic sports. For those new to the sport or wanting to find out more about how it works and how you can get involved, please click here.

COVID-19 AND THE WORLD CUP

The welfare of our athletes, teams and event workforce is our top priority and the organising committee is working extremely hard to ensure the event is as safe and secure as possible, in close consultation with UK public health authorities.

The public support for Great Britain’s Paralympic and Olympic athletes is always incredible. We hope that hosting this event will give our athletes the best chance possible to realise their dreams of competing at the Games, as well as bring some much-needed joy to people across the country as they cheer on the team in the summer.

FURTHER INFORMATION

For athlete and team enquiries, please contact Manchester2020ppwc@mlsgb.co

For media enquiries, please contact anna@conkercommunications.com

 

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