People have said before that Equipped powerlifting isn’t as popular as raw powerlifting lately, and whilst that may be true, there’s certainly no shortage of lifters to be at these World Championships!

There are due to be more than 300 athletes competing, from 60 countries around the world, due to compete in the desert sun. The official website can be found at and provides some good information for anyone who is interested in the event, or even attending!

As for our own British Powerlifting, we have an excellent selection of nominated lifters attending, including Kim Cowell, who is the current under 72kg British equipped bench press record holder; she will be hoping to beat that record, and Tony Cliffe, the current under 120kg Classic World Champion.

We have high hopes for all our lifters, as Equipped lifting is coming back in a big way in the UK. Tony Cliffe relayed his own thoughts about Raw vs Equipped lifting in his interview in this very newsletter and will be hoping to top his 1100kg total achieved at the Roses Cup in Manchester in October!

The full list of our nominated lifters (including reserves) is as follows:


Tom Chang - under 74kg
Andy Champ - under 93kg
Matt Watson - under 93kg
George Seeger - under 105kg
John Hamson - under 105kg
Tony Cliffe - under 120kg
Daniel McGauley - under 59kg Special Olympics


Emma Goodwin - under 52kg
Louise Edwards - under 52kg
Ellie Steel - under 57kg
Faye Jordan - under 63kg
Lucy Hart - under 63kg
Holly Bryans - under 72kg
Kim Cowell - under 72kg
Christie Cevetta - under 84kg
Sheri Miles - under 84kg
Katrina Sweatman - 84kg+
Laura Berry-Webb - 84kg+

This is a significant increase on last year, when we had only three men and three women representing Great Britain. In 2018’s competition, we had Emma and Louise representing in the 52kg class, finishing 12th and 18th respectively, along with Christie in the 84kg class, finishing 9th. For the men, Andy and Matt were both in the 93kg class, finishing 15th and 18th, with Jack Johnson, as the only British athlete not returning this year, finishing 11th in the 120kg class. Overall, Great Britain finished 24th in the standings, but with so many more lifters this year, I’m sure we can improve that placing, points mean prizes people!

I’m sure you will join me in wishing the best of luck to all of our lifters, as well as those from the other nations. Equipped powerlifting is pretty exciting right now, so let’s get that bread!