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Newson headlines British squad set for Para Powerlifting World Championships

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3 weeks ago

Two-time Paralympic medallist Zoe Newson will headline an 11-strong British team set for the Para Powerlifting World Championships in Mexico City next month.

Newson, who won bronze medals at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, will compete in the -45kg category when the championships get underway on September 29th, before drawing to a close on October 6th.

She is joined in the team by Natalie Blake (-55kg), who has competed at every Paralympic Games since Sydney 2000, as well as Katie Cooke (-50kg) and Nerys Pearce (-73kg).

Recently crowned British champion Nathaniel Wilding will go for gold once more in the -72kg category, while 2016 Invictus Games silver medallist Ross Austen will compete in the -80kg division.

To be able to send such a large team is a real milestone for our Para-Powerlifting programme." Ashley Metcalfe

They are joined in the men’s team by Adam Alderman (-54kg), Oliver Brown (-65kg) and Brett Leahy (-88kg), while Olivia Broome (-55kg) and Panagiotis Mamuneas (-65kg) complete the British team as their two junior athletes.

Ashley Metcalfe, chief executive of British Weighlifting, said: “To be able to send such a large team is a real milestone for our Para-Powerlifting programme.

“We are working hard to develop and grow the sport in the UK and offer a growing number of opportunities for lifters of all ages to enjoy and compete regionally, nationally and internationally.

“Mexico should be a great experience and a fantastic opportunity for our leading lifters to showcase their ability and kick start their personal journeys towards Tokyo in 2020.”

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