Strength Academy Wales... Ultimate Power
SAW Director Simon, who is also the Performance Director for Weightlifting Wales, competed in both the World and European Championships in the early 1990’s, and was head coach of the Welsh squad in the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games. He is assisted by Owain Rowlands, a former rugby player who has made rapid progress as both a coach and competitor since he began lifting last August.
The academy, assisted with funding from Sport Wales, runs in partnership with Pembrokeshire County Council Leisure, and as well as Olympic Weightlifting provides strength and conditioning coaching and open gym classes. And Simon admits he wants to have SAW weightlifters competing in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia.
Thus far, the venture has proved a positive one. Indeed, teenagers Lewis Thomas, Anita Madan, and Alex John, who all recently became Welsh champions, are just three of the success stories to have emerged from the academy since its opening in August 2013.