The Manchester Grammar School is to host the 2018 British Women’s Classic Powerlifting Championships.
The UK’s strongest women – including European and world record holders – will descend upon the north west for two days next February.
The MGS sports hall was opened in 2015 by former England cricket captain and MGS pupil Mike Atherton and provides a world-class facility for indoor sports and training for the School’s students.
The British Women’s Powerlifting Championships will see the nation’s strongest women take part in squat, bench press and deadlift and the winners will go forward to fly the flag for Britain at the World Championships in Canada and the European Championships in Lithuania.
It will be the first time the British Women’s Championships has been held in the north of England and MGS is delighted to be hosting the event.
For the first time in the School’s 500-year history, in 2017 the School launched its inaugural powerlifting club, which gives pupils with an interest in powerlifting the chance to develop their skills and learn more about lifting, conditioning, strength training and diet.
Director of Sport at MGS, Mark Walmsley, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the British Women’s Classic Powerlifting Championships will be hosted in the MGS sports hall.
“I have absolutely no doubt it will be an awesome spectacle to see our Sports Hall packed with the UK’s strongest women competing to become British champion.
“We are hoping to hold the North West Junior Championships at the School next year and I’m sure this will spark a lot of interest with young lifters in the area.
“This is the first time we’ve entered into a partnership like this with a school and we have high hopes that this is only the start of seeing powerlifting at schools right across the region.”
Earlier this year, MGS pupil Shariq Haidery, who is a member of the school’s Powerlifting Club, competed at the North West Powerlifting Federation Championships and put in a heavyweight performance to finish runner-up.
He will also be competing at the British Junior Championships in Glasgow in November.
The school launched its inaugural powerlifting club in 2017 for pupils with an interest in powerlifting the chance to develop their skills and learn more about lifting, conditioning, strength training and dieting.
“The launch of the Powerlifting Club has been a watershed moment for us,” added Mark.
“It’s the first time in our history we’ve offered such a club for our pupils and it’s great to see so many of our boys getting interested in not only lifting, but also in conditioning and dieting correctly.
“Being able to host such a fantastic event in our school will hopefully inspire future generations of powerlifters from the north west to take up the sport and we can’t wait to welcome all the competitors next year.”
Jo Whiteley, General Secretary of North West Powerlifting, added: “We are really pleased to be working with MGS to help develop their new Powerlifting Club and host high profile competitions such as this.”