Four years have flown by since the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. This year, the games are taking place (between 4th-15th April) in the Gold Coast region of beautiful Australia . England’s team of strong and talented weightlifters will strive to excel and aim to reach the top of the medals table. We’ve selected six athletes from England’s team to spotlight the gifted lifters we have, so read on for 6 Top Team England Weightlifters to look out for at this year’s Commonwealth Games!
1. Owen Boxall
Owen already has experience of competing in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, achieving a very respectable 4th place in the 94kg class. He’s moved up a weight class and with a strong clean and jerk of 195kg, we have high expectations for this man.
2. Zoe Smith
Zoe Smith will compete in the 63kg division and has had some sensational performances throughout her career. She won gold in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and holds several British records in weightlifting. We’d love to see her win another gold in this year’s games.
3. Jack Oliver
Competing in the 77kg class, Jack Oliver is a skilled and experienced lifter. He’s competed in two previous Commonwealth Games and in the 2012 Olympics. This talented man has lots to offer on the lifting platform.
4. Sarah Davies
Sarah has done well in her six years of training in weightlifting. She won her weight class in the British Championship last year with an impressive total of 210kg. She is determined to win gold in the 69kg class in the Commonwealth Games and her strength, skills and expertise we hope will help her bring that medal home.
5. Alex Collier
With competition experience at the European and World class level and a strong desire to win a medal, Alex is guaranteed to put in a fantastic performance. He competes in the 85kg division and has achieved a strong 140kg snatch and 175kg clean and jerk.
6. Emily Campbell
Nottingham’s Emily Campbell will be a newcomer to the Commonwealth Games. She’s only 23 years old and has already earned a gold medal in last year’s British Championships. She will be a great challenger to the other women in the 90kg+ class.
We wish the team the best of luck and hope they put in performances to make our nation proud. Who do you think is going to rock some heavy metal this year? Let us know below, join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! (Want more iron stuff? Then check out our interview with Rio Olympian Sonny Webster as well as these awesome weightlifter physiques and Bodybuilding Legends!)