Congratulations to Zach in year 7 who has recently defended his U12 Welsh Weightlifting championship title, making him a two time Welsh champion. He is now the current Welsh and British champion in his category and class!
Zach became interested in weightlifting when his older brother took up the sport and at just seven years old he started training with his coach Holly Knowles, who has represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games. He now trains three times a week and has competed all over Britain.
Zach won his first competition during the Covid-19 lockdown, where he won a British weightlifting on-line competition, lifting at home in his garage. He won his first competition medal at the Welsh championships, qualifying in second place when he was just 10. This was followed by another silver medal at another Welsh event later that year, which qualified him for his first British tournament where he also won silver.
Last year he won the Welsh championships but his biggest achievement to date was when he won Gold at the British Championships in the under 12 category for his weight class in November 2022. What a fantastic achievement!
His most recent success has qualified him to return to the British Championships to defend his title later this year. We wish Zach all the best in this competition (and all future competitions) and hope that he returns victorious, as a 2 times British Champion too.