Brunel has been home to an Olympic Weightlifting club, coached by 3-time Olympian Mike Pearman for many years. However 2014 has been the first year that it has been made an official student club.
Since September Brunel Weightlifting has already had many medals and trophies. First was Kristian McPhee, Brunel sport scholar, in the London & South-East championships, winning gold in the 77kg class with a personal best total of 247kg qualifying him for the British Senior Championships.
The second competition was the Phoenix Cup held at Middlesex University in December, with Lewis Ridett, Brunel sport scholar, winning Bronze in the under 23 competition, totalling 267 at 85kg bodyweight. In addition non-student club member Fridi Ibrahimi won Gold in the under 17 with a 274kg total at 85kg bodyweight. Furthermore Ross Roberts achieved a total of 227kg to give us the Bronze in the team trophy with only 3 lifters!
The following day the new members of the Brunel Weightlifting Club competed at the first of three London University Series. Competitors included Will Morgan, Alex Ermogenous, Dan Chipperfield, Ryan Hambridge, Ashleigh Betts and Rachael Radman. Every single lifter achieved personal bests as well as Ashleigh Betts winning Bronze and the whole team winning gold!
With less than three months since the start of the club the future is bright for Brunel Weightlifting. Growing from 3 student members of the unofficial club into over 45 members with a strong team spirit and a strive for success, 2015 looks to be a good year for the club. Next competitions are on the 24 January 2015 with two teams representing at the second London University Series coached by Kristian McPhee and Lewis Ridett, and a London novice competition held at Crystal Palace national sports centre coached by Mike Pearman.