Weightlifting involves the Snatch technique and the Clean and Jerk technique. The Snatch involves lifting the bar from the floor, overhead in one swift movement and the Clean and Jerk involves lifting the bar from the floor to the chest, and then from the chest to overhead.

This sport is a combination of speed, power, strength, flexibility, skill and mental toughness. Weightlifters compete in weight categories, and males and females compete separately. During competition each lifter has three attempts in both disciplines, the best of each are combined to form a total, and the athlete with the highest total wins the competition.

Weightlifting Wales History

Over the years, Weightlifting Wales has won over 50 Commonwealth medals since first appearing in the Commonwealth Games in 1954. Welsh Weightlifter, Dave Morgan was responsible for 12 of these Commonwealth medals and goes down in history not only in Weightlifting but in sport itself as the only athlete to win medals over six different Commonwealth Games, with 9 Gold and 3 Silver medals to his name. Morgan also won numerous other titles and medals at major internationals such as World Junior Championships and also competed at two Olympic Games during his phenomenal career.

Wales has a proud history in Weightlifting. There have been a number of Welsh Weightlifters who have competed at the very top level of sport by competing at the Olympic Games as part of Team Great Britain. As mentioned above, Dave Morgan competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games, his brother, Tony Morgan competed in the 1992 Olympic Games. Gary Taylor also competed in the 1984 Olympic Games, Gareth Evans in the 2012 Olympic Games. Michaela Breeze also competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, as well as winning 6 Commonwealth medals in total throughout her career, two of which were gold medals in the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games. Natasha Purdue competed in the 2012 London Olympic Games, and her father, Terry Purdue also competed in the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games.


Weightlifting Wales is the National Governing body for the sport in Wales. We work with coaches and Regional Development Officers to introduce Weightlifting and Para-Powerlifting to more individuals and children, to help develop lifters and coaches so that we can continue to grow as a sport, and ultimately produce more champions in years to come. Clubs may affiliate to Weightlifting Wales, entitling them and their members to discounted offers on educational courses run through Weightlifting Wales, exclusive membership with the Welsh Sports Association, and access to support through the NGB.  

Weightlifting Wales organises and hosts all Welsh National Championships, from Welsh Youth Championships through to Welsh Masters Championships. Weightlifting Wales has in the past also been the host nation of international events, including the European Masters Championships and the Silver Dragon Tournament. Our partnership with Bangor University has helped us to host top class events with excellent facilities.

Our national coaches have experienced Weightlifting backgrounds and are committed to helping Weightlifting Wales develop a future generation of Weightlifters.

Development in Wales

Weightlifting Wales is responsible for all aspects of the sport within the nation, from grass roots development to elite level competition. We offer Regional Development support to each club who affiliates to Weightlifting Wales. Local competitions such as the South Wales Cluster events and the Welsh Lifting Leagues provide an opportunity for developmental lifters to get a taste for competition and gives developing coaches valuable competition experience also. Competitions such as the Junior Battle and Gemau Cymru are used as developmental competitions annually for youth and junior lifters which offer valuable experience and learning opportunities. 

To get involved, see the Affiliated Gymspage to find a gym near you or alternatively contact office@weightliftingwales.co.ukto find out more.

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