Kristian McPhee, Sport Scholar at Brunel University London, recently competed at the London and South East Championships held at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Current postgraduate law student and co-founder of the Brunel Weightlifting Club, Kristian is part of the British Weightlifting London & South East talent squad coached by 3-time Olympian Mike Pearman.
Kristian entered the 77kg category and claimed the Championship title with a Snatch of 105kg and PB Jerk of 142kg. Olympic weightlifting is an athletic discipline in the modern Olympic programme in which the athlete attempts a maximum-weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates. The two competition lifts in order are the snatch and the clean and jerk. Each weightlifter receives three attempts in each, and the combined total of the highest two successful lifts determines the overall result within a bodyweight category.
Kristian, who is looking to get selected for the Europeans Championship in 2016, said ‘The London & South East Championships are the only regional championships to have a qualifying entry total in the UK due to its high standard and amount of competitors so this is a great title for me to win for the Brunel Weightlifting Club.’
The next competition for the club will be at an international competition the Phoenix Cup on the 13th of December, followed by the London University Series on the 14th of December, where a large array of new members will be competing to gain experience for the British Students Championships later next year where we hope to win the best team trophy.
Follow Kristian on Twitter: @KristianMcPhee and Brunel Weightlifting @brunellifting