Great Britain’s Paralympic medallists will be among the 118 athletes competing against the world’s best for places at the 2020 Paralympic Games, when the Road to Tokyo Para Powerlifting World Cup comes to Manchester next month.
The event – which takes place from 20-23 February at Wythenshawe Forum – will see athletes from 26 countries go head-to-head for crucial ranking points for this summer’s Games.
Among the Great Britain team selected are 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 15-strong squad will include a mixture of experience and emerging talent, with Liam McGarry and Kim Dean both making their international debuts following impressive progress at domestic level.
The competition will be the first Para Powerlifting World Cup to be held in the UK and presents an exciting opportunity for spectators to support Great Britain’s Paralympic hopefuls onhome soil and enjoy a showcase of strength and power from the world’s finest para powerlifters.
Great Britain team
Adam Alderman (up to 49kg)
Nathaniel Wilding (up to 72kg)
Tom Smith (up to 49kg)
Micky Yule (up to 72kg)
Ali Jawad (up to 54kg)
Ross Austen (up to 80kg)
Sean Clare (up to 59kg)
Liam McGarry (+107 kg)
Mark Swan (up to 65kg)
Zoe Newson (up to 41kg)
Kim Dean (up to 61kg)
Olivia Broome (up to 50kg)
Rebecca Bedford (up to 67kg)
Charlotte McGuiness (W50)
Louise Sugden (up to 86kg)
Looking ahead to the event, Paralympic silver medallist Ali Jawad said: “Competing for Great Britain at a home event is always incredibly special to me as the opportunity to lift in front of friends and family on an international platform is so rare.
“With Tokyo qualification at stake, the support of the home crowd will give our athletes that extra boost to ensure we perform at our best.”
British Weight Lifting CEO, Ashley Metcalfe said: “British Weight Lifting is absolutely delighted with the team that is set to compete in Manchester. Our squad features the perfect combination of experience and new exciting talent, showcasing the continued development of the sport domestically.
“We would like to thank our partners UK Sport, and Manchester City Council for giving our exceptional athletes an opportunity to showcase their skills on home soil ahead of Tokyo 2020. We look forward to cheering the team on in February and can’t wait to see them in action”.
Tickets for the event are available from £8 through Eventbrite.
The event is to be delivered on behalf of World Para Powerlifting by British Weight Lifting, in partnership with UK Sport and Manchester City Council.