Berck-Sur-Mer 2018: Great Britain team named

Paralympic medallists Ali Jawad and Zoe Newson lead delegation 27 Apr 2018
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Zoe Newson is a double Paralympic bronze medallist

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By British Weightlifting

Two-time Paralympic bronze medallist Zoe Newson and 2014 world champion Ali Jawad will head Great Britain’s nine-member team at the World Para Powerlifting European Championships in Berck-Sur-Mer, France, between 25 and 29 May as announced by British Weightlifting.

It will be the first regional championships ahead of the 2019 World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Tom Whittaker, Paralympic Performance Director at British Weightlifting, said:

“This championship is an exciting opportunity for all the athletes selected for a number of different reasons. Not only is it the first Tokyo qualification event where eligible athletes can begin securing top 8 rankings but it takes place only 5 weeks after the team returned from the Commonwealth Games which presents a challenge in itself.

“A challenge I will enjoy watching the guys handle as the opportunity to start the qualification period with momentum at a time where the team has to quickly turn themselves around and go again which is unusual and demanding.”

GB team


Ali Jawad – Men’s up to 54kg

Nathaniel Wilding – Men’s up to 72kg

Michael Yule – Men’s up to 72kg

Oliver Brown – Men’s up to 65kg

Adam Alderman – Men’s up to 54kg


Louise Sugden – Women’s up to 86kg

Zoe Newson – Women’s up to 45kg

Olivia Broome – Women’s up to 50kg

Nerys Pearce - Women's up to 67kg

The first continental competition of 2018 will be the European Open Championships in Berck-Sur-Mer, France. The official website can be found here.