A visit to Coventry at the weekend and a chance to see the 2016 Cybex British Weight Lifting Championships at the Ricoh Arena.
The competition opened on Saturday morning with the women’s 48kg category but the day changed between Men’s and Women’s competitions all day ending with the men’s 94kg.
Records seemed to tumble from the start with Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist Catrin Jones claimed her first British Senior title – and the first gold medal of the weekend – with a total of 139kg.
My favourite of the day came in the Women’s 69kg when European Senior medallist Rebekah Tiler went head-to-head with 2016 English Champion Emily Godley.
Europa’s Godley put on a fantastic display but it wasn’t enough to beat World Youth medallist Tiler who broke her existing British record in the snatch with a lift of 102kg, before lifting 125kg in the clean and jerk and securing a second British record with a gold medal-winning total of 227kg.
Next up Stars for the Future’s Adam Fedorciow won gold in the men’s 105kg, before Brunel’s Andrew Ruegg won the men’s 105+kg, following three failed attempts in the clean and jerk from rival Darius Jokarzadeh.
Last was the women’s 63kg category, where in a surprise result, Leeds Weightlifting Club’s Steph Owens was crowned British Champion, as category favourite Zoe Smith was forced to withdraw due to an injury sustained in her opening lift.
Fellow World Class Programme athlete and u23 European Champion Sarah Davies also failed to secure a total, missing all three clean and jerk lifts in an attempt to achieving the Olympic qualification total of 211kg.
It was a great day, and another new sport for me to cover (42nd I think!) so role on another 8 and I’ll reach a half centuary of sports photographed.