21 Dec Para Powerlifting Gold Coast Selection
Powerlifters Nathan Stephens, Sean Gaffney and Nerys Pearce have been selected for the 2018 Games.
Multi-sport athlete Nathan Stephens from Bridgend, who’ll be celebrating his 30th birthday during the 2018 Games, will be competing in the men’s lightweight (up to and including 72.0kg). A former world record holder and World Champion in the F57 javelin, he is also a three-time Paralympian, competing in sledge hockey at the 2006 Winter Games, in discus, shot and javelin in 2008 and in javelin at London 2012. He has only been powerlifting since January 2017 and is looking forward to his first ever opportunity to compete for Wales at a Commonwealth Games.
46 year old Sean Gaffney from Ellesmere Port, who is currently serving at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, has a below the knee left leg amputation from an injury in service in 1999. More than 20 operations later, he competed at the 2016 Invictus Games where he won an incredible four medals – including golds in powerlifting and one minute rowing. Sean will be competing in the men’s heavyweight (over 72kg) event at what will be his first ever Commonwealth Games.
Competing in the women’s heavyweight (over 61.0kg) will be Nerys Pearce, 36 from Ascot. Having won a 10 medals at Invictus Games, Nerys is hoping for another podium place at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Already in full training and focussed on delivering her best performance yet for Wales next year, Nerys also coaches team mate Sean Gaffney.
Simon Roach, Sports Manager of Weightlifting Wales said: “I am delighted that 3 Para athletes have been selected for Gold Coast, their commitment and dedication throughout 2017 has been outstanding. This selection is recognition of their achievements throughout the year and reflects on the great work that is now in place within Weightlifting Wales creating an inclusive sport. I look forward to seeing them compete for Wales in April and wish them every success in their final preparation.”