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England Legacy Master’s Championships and Para Powerlifting Open

England Legacy Master’s Championships and Para Powerlifting Open


In celebration of the Commonwealth Games Legacy, weightlifting and para powerlifting competitions are returning to Birmingham this summer. 

The England Legacy Master’s Championships and Para Powerlifting Open will take place between 17 – 18 June 2023 at Oldbury Academy.

The England Legacy Masters Championships is the first standalone event for competitors in the 35+ age categories and will run over Saturday 17 June and Sunday 18 June in the morning.

The England Legacy Para Powerlifting Open is a welcome opportunity for para powerlifters to compete and takes place on the afternoon of Sunday 18 June.

These events are able to take place with thanks to Sport England, who are funders of the Birmingham 2022 CWG Legacy Programme


Eligibility and Qualification - Weightlifting

The England Legacy Master’s Championships will recognise Masters aged 35 or above on 31 December 2023 according to the BWL TCRRs. Master’s age groups will be in 5-year increments (35-39, 40-44, 45-49 etc up to 80+).

The England Legacy Master Championships will have the following qualification process:

BWL will accept the qualification totals achieved in the qualification period from any BWL tier 1, 2 or 3 competitions.

Lifters may move bodyweight category up to 7 days before the event takes place by giving written notice to competitions@britishweightlifting.org 

Lifters who do not make weight at the event will be allowed to compete as guests only.


Eligibility and Qualification – Para Powerlifting

The England Legacy Para Powerlifting Open will recognise any individual aged 16 or above with an eligible impairment. A list of eligible impairments can be found here: https://www.paralympic.org/powerlifting/classification).

Please include any medical evidence that supports your eligibility in your entry to British Weight Lifting.



As the event is capped at 80 entries for weightlifting (40 women and 40 men) and 20 for para powerlifting (10 women and 10 men), the registration is on a first come, first served basis.

The cost of entry is £40.

Enter here

The entries will open at 17:00 on Monday 3 April and close at 21:00 on 19 May 2023.


Ranking and qualification

Classed as a tier 2 event the results from the Masters competition can be used to qualify for future competitions and will be listed on the rankings through Sport 80.

Results from the Para Powerlifting competition will be listed on the rankings through Sport 80.

The top three ranked male and female lifters using the Coefficient Formula (CF) found here (https://db.ipc-services.org/centre/tools/pdots) shall be used to crown the winners.

Placings will be determined according to Coefficient Formula.


Start list, schedule and event pack

The start list, schedule and event pack will be released once entries have closed.


Qualify as a TO at this event

As part of this celebration of lifting, we are recruiting a new intake of weightlifting referees!

Officiating is a great way to help grow the sport, be part of a team delivering enjoyable events for athletes and spectators, as well as developing your own confidence and skills.

We have free places available for applicants aged 16+ interested in becoming a qualified technical official. You’ll need to be familiar with weightlifting, but you don’t need any previous experience of officiating.

Prior to the event you’ll receive live online training lead by Jo Calvino who was Birmingham Commonwealth Games Competition Manager for weightlifting and para powerlifting.

In the lead up and during the competitions you’ll also be fully supported by Technical Officials and BWL staff.

There are lots of different ways you can contribute to a successful competition that is fair and enjoyable for athletes and spectators. Technical Officials have varied roles including managing weigh ins, side referee, centre referee, speaker, time keeper, assistant marshall, marshall and technical controller.

By learning these skills, you’ll have opportunity to officiate at a wide range of lifting competitions in the year ahead.

Applicants must be able to successfully complete the online TO course by the end of April 2023 and will need to be available to officiate on either 17 and/or 18 June, along with availability and willingness to be available to officiate over the course of the next year. All the cost of the training will be paid for by British Weight Lifting.

To express your interest please contact margaret.lynes@britishweightlifting.org

For any additional questions regarding the competition please email competitions@britishweightlifting.org