LeAF Studio in partnership with Bournemouth Barbell offer Powerlifting to Post 16 students. During the day students work on their strength & conditioning with our in-house coach. The training with Barbell is held in the Oak Gym weekly. Read below for the 2015-16 overview.
We had a good year in 2014/2015 but 2015-16 was the best ever ..Started with LeAF and Bournemouth barbell hosting all three British Classic Powerlifting Championships. Over 4 hundred competitors from all over the UK descended on LeAF for a highly competitive series of events. Winners were selected for the final International squad. All with a chance of being preferred for International selection. Thanks are due to so many Leaf staff and students who supported and backed this major event.
Individual performances by LeAF Academy students over the last year have been just amazing.
Charlie Chester, a LeAF Studio student, followed a clean sweep of medals at the Commonwealth Championships in Canada with gold as well as gold medals at the European junior Championships in Eastern Europe and then medalled at the Worlds in the USA.
Charlie finished her International duties with a victory in the Western European Cup in Italy.
Farris Collins, another LeAF Studio student travelled all over the World whilst on competition duty for Great Britain and England. Medals at the Commonwealth with gold in Bench press followed by a challenging trip to the Czech Republic led him to 5th overall at the World Classic in Texas USA and he won bench press bronze at the World Junior Championships in Poland .
Both these LeAF Studio students have completed an incredibly demanding International duty during 2015-16. They also had to win South West then National competitions as well -just to get a chance to represent Great Britain.
We are very proud of them.
Another LeAF student Megan Davies not only achieved International honours this year but also won a deadlift bronze at the Europeans. A very hard training lifter whose attitudes and background at the LeAF Academy have prepared her so well for International honours. She also placed highly at the World Championships in Texas.
Lucy Rayner former LeAF Studio student and former bench press World Gold medallist also represented Great Britain in the European Championships and in her first year as a full junior looks set for high honours again in 2017.
Past members of LeAF are still thriving and continue to train in the LeAF Academy gym several times a week. Long may our students continue to achieve success on the National and International stage.
Incredible support from so many at LeAF has made the above possible. Yes it was an awesome year.