British stars set for Olympic selection showdown at 2016 Weightlifting and Para-Powerlifting Championships
bwl2The British Weightlifting & Para-Powerlifting Championships returns to the Ricoh Arena on Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 June, in what is anticipated to be the crucial final Olympic selection event before this summer’s Games in Rio and BWL members can jump the queue to secure their tickets for a limited time.

Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Wednesday 6th April but BWL members have the opportunity to book their seat early, with an exclusive pre-sale taking place from 10am on Monday 4th April until 9.59am Wednesday 6th April.

Depending on results at the European Weightlifting Championships in April British lifters will be fighting it out at the Ricoh for a maximum of two places at the Olympic Games.

Taking to the platform in June will be Commonwealth Games Champion Zoe Smith, who heads the bill. Zoe will face tough competition in the women’s 63kg category from 2015 European Junior Champion Sarah Davies and 2016 English Champion Emily Godley, as World Youth Championships silver medallist Rebekah Tiler will be battling it out in the women’s 69kg category in a packed Saturday afternoon session of competition.

The men’s classifications look set to witness equally fierce competition, with four elite lifters fighting to potentially claim their spot in Brazil. London 2012 Olympians Jack Oliver and Gareth Evans, in the 77kg and 69kg categories respectively, will be looking to retain the British titles they claimed in 2015, as will Sonny Webster in the 94kg category. Returning Welsh star Darius Jokarzadeh will also be looking to secure gold and a possible Olympic spot in the 105+kg category.

Returning to Coventry for the third consecutive year, the event is set to build on the huge success of the 2015 British Championships, which hosted a record number of entrants and spectators over the two days and witnessed a sold-out opening day of competition.

British Weight Lifting CEO Ashley Metcalfe commented, “After last year’s record-breaking British Championships we are delighted to be returning to the Ricoh for a third year and look forward to continuing to build on the event’s profile even further during what is such an exciting year for the sport.

“The event has grown from strength-to-strength since we made the decision to move to the Ricoh in 2013 and the experience for both our athletes and spectators has improved significantly; we want to deliver a competitive environment that inspires and motivates our athletes and encourages fans to come back year-on-year, and the performances and records broken at the last two championships sets us up for a fantastic two days in June.”

Tickets for the 2016 British Weightlifting & Para-Powerlifting Championships go on general sale at 10.00am on Wednesday 6th April. All tickets will be sold online through

To register your interest in attending please click here or for more information please contact a member of the British Weight Lifting team at or on 0113 224 9402.


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