The fifth World Para Powerlifting referee course of 2017 has taken place in Manchester with 12 officials from across the United Kingdom attending.
Hosted by British Weightlifting over three days, the event discussed topics such as the competition cycle, athlete classification and minimum qualifying standards.
The series of courses have been set up by the sport’s governing body to make sure that refereeing standards are kept high.
“I would like to congratulate all the successful candidates who attended the recent World Para Powerlifting national referees course,” said Jon Amos, World Para Powerlifting’s chairman, who was also an educator at the course.
“It was a great pleasure to tutor the enthusiastic group, which included a good mix and cross-selection of candidates, with some already being involved in our great sport and others being new to it, including administrators, coaches and athletes alike.
“This course was important to ensure that the standard of Para powerlifting competitions and equally officiating continues and is maintained at the very highest level in order to allow developmental and high performance athletes and coaches to be able to perform at their very best in readiness for future major international competitions.”
Tom Whittaker, the Paralympic performance director at British Weightlifting, said the course was good for everyone involved.
“I know all the attendees left with a greater insight and clarity and will be capable of better decision making, whether they are coaching or just officiating,” he said.