Loughborough’s Para-powerlifters take gold at the World Cup
One Loughborough student and two athletes who train on campus secured Gold in the 2020 Road to Tokyo Para Powerlifting World Cup.
The competition took place at Wythenshawe Forum, Manchester and saw student, Olivia Broome secure Gold in the Juniors and Bronze in the Seniors for her weight category.
Micky Yule and Louise Sugden who are part of the training programme here at Loughborough both won Gold. Sugden also went on the break the GB record twice, lifting 123kg and 125kg in her category.
Tom Whittaker, Head Coach and Performance Director at British Weightlifting and trainer to the athletes said:
"It was exciting to work with and watch three talented athletes demonstrating their physical potential in a competitive environment. All achieved a top 8 Tokyo qualification rankings which are required to become eligible for nomination to ParalympicsGB later this year. We are all proud of their ongoing pursuit and defence of Tokyo2020 qualification slots."
Nik Diaper, Head of Para Sport added:
“Congratulations to all the staff and athletes on some great performances and in particular to Olivia as a Loughborough student. It’s a real privilege to have the Para-Powerlifting World Class programme based at Loughborough. The partnership we are developing with them genuinely enriches the Loughborough environment for both students and staff of the University and is creating unique and exciting Para sport opportunities.”