Weightlifting sees the strongest athletes in the Commonwealth Games compete to raise the biggest possible weights into the air.
2022 Opening Ceremony flagbearer Emily Campbell’s personality and strength drew crowds in their thousands to the sell-out venue. Upon winning gold, she roared “COME ON BIRMINGHAM” before she two-stepped off the podium and swung her belt around her head. To win gold, Emily not only had to lift an overall PB but also secured three Games records.
Fraer Morrow won a bronze in the Women’s 55kg class, capturing England’s first medal of the competition against strong opposition from India and Nigeria. England’s first medal was swiftly followed by a silver medal winning performance from ex-judo player Jess Gordon-Brown in the Women’s 59kg category who showed her athleticism not only to secure the medal but also with a back flip to celebrate.
The first gold medal for the team came from Men’s 81kg lifter Chris Murray, in a performance which required personal bests and Games records to win an incredibly competitive group.
The 23-year-old brings a two-decade drought to an end as he becomes the first British male to win a gold medal since Manchester 2002.
Sarah Davies maintained the team’s medal winning momentum in the Women’s 71kg category, bringing home a second gold medal for that day and recording more Games records and personal bests in the process.
All team members finished inside the top six and recorded numerous personal bests and British records in the process with several athletes securing hard earned 4th place finishes against strong competition from other leading Commonwealth nations.
Weightlifter Zoe Smith battles to win silver for Team England lifting 115kg.
Zoe had done this weight before, and after a long journey from getting gold in Glasgow, she fought again and returned home with a silver medal.
Weightlifting has been a Commonwealth sport since 1950 and Team England are currently third on the all-time medal table.
At Birmingham 2022, weightlifting was held alongside para-powerlifting at the NEC.
Stuart has more than 10 years of experience in performance sport and has led Olympic, World, European & Commonwealth medal-winning teams.
He has occupied a variety of leadership roles, supporting the development of athletes, coaches and practitioners across a number of sports and disciplines.
Stuart led the Team England weightlifting team, in the 2018 Commonwealth Games where they won the most medals in the team's history. He has also led Great Britain to win multiple international medals including the first-ever Women’s Olympic medal at Tokyo 2020, first-ever Women’s World Championship silver medal and first-ever European champion.
Stuart will lead both the weightlifting and para powerlifting teams at Birmingham 2022