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Para powerlifting

Para powerlifting sees the strongest athletes in the Commonwealth Games compete to raise the heaviest possible weights into the air.

At the Gold Coast 2018 Games, Team England competed in four para powerlifting medals and won three medals. 

Athletes are separated by weight categories and the event was first included at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. 

Para powerlifting is fully integrated into the Commonwealth Games and can feature athletes lifting up to three times their bodyweight from a prone bench, pushing up phenomenal weights to arm's length.

Team England previous para powerlifting medals

Para powerlifting
Para powerlifting

Ali Jawad fights for his 3rd and final attempt in para powerlifting, going up 2 kilos is what might give him a point lead. This power and mathematical tactics is part of the fight. Slow going up but he has got it, he said he was going to do it and he did. 161kg gives Jawad a great celebration and success in the men's lightweight division. 

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The aim of the game is to lift as much weight as possible
Team England were second on the Gold Coast 2018 medal table, with a total of 3 medals; Louise Sugden, Ali Jawad and Zoe Newson.

The aim of the game is to lift as much weight as possible. Team England were second on the Gold Coast 2018 medal table, with a total of three medals; Louise Sugden, Ali Jawad and Zoe Newson. 

Para powerlifting will be contested alongside weightlifting at the NEC at the Games in Birmingham in 2022.

Team Leader

Stuart Martin

Stuart Martin

Stuart has more than 10 years of experience in performance sport and has led Olympic, World, European & Commonwealth medal-winning teams. He has occupied a variety of leadership roles, supporting the development of athletes, coaches and practitioners across a number of sports and disciplines.

Stuart led the Team England weightlifting team, in the 2018 Commonwealth Games where they won the most medals in the team's history. He has also led Great Britain to win multiple international medals including the first-ever Women’s Olympic medal at Tokyo 2020, first-ever Women’s World Championship silver medal and first-ever European champion.

Stuart will lead both the weightlifting and para  powerlifting teams at Birmingham 2022

Stuart Martin
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