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Multi Generational – Pembrokeshire Strength festival

Three families competed in our inclusive event, the Pembrokeshire Strength Festival. Team 2GW ( Two Generation Whalley) - Lotty Whalley aged 15 who is currently a Welsh Weightlifting champion and her Dad Simeon Whalley.  Lotty Clean and Jerked 68kg, Deadlifted 100kg...

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Volunteer Programme

At Strength Academy Wales we successfully organise a number of programmes. One of which is our volunteer programme. Our organisation has educated and provided guidance, support and work experience for over 20 volunteer coaches and technical officials. Our development...

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Simeon Whalley – Pembrokeshire Strength Festival

Aged over 50 and after a prolonged period of inactivity and shoulder pain Simeon Whalley began attending our over 40’s class. We carefully prescribed exercises to develop both shoulder mobility and stability; and other exercises to develop whole body strength. A few...

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Pembrokeshire Strength Festival 2019

On Sunday 14th July, over 60 teams gathered at Strength Academy Wales to take part in the Pembrokeshire Strength Festival.  The event was multi generational and fully inclusive. Fathers teamed up with their sons and daughters, there were youth teams from aged 11, many...

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Gemau Cymru 2019

Held on Friday 5th July at Sport Wales National Sports Centre, there was a large contingent from Pembrokeshire competing in the Gemau Cymru. The event being organised a little different from usual weightlifting competitions, with medals being awarded to those youths...

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Temple Bar Quiz Fundraiser

Pembrokeshire Weightlifting volunteers who are based at Strength Academy Wales, Haverfordwest and at South Pembs Weightlifting Club, Pembroke Dock are extremely grateful to the Temple Bar and their team of Quiz Masters. A weekly quiz night is organised every Wednesday...

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Building Stronger Communities in Pembrokeshire

Working in partnership with Pembrokeshire leisure, Strength Academy Wales (SAW), which is based in the heart of Pembrokeshire has been achieving excellence in weightlifting, disability powerlifting and performance conditioning for sports people, but did you know that...

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British University Championships 2019

There was a large contingent from Pembrokeshire at this years' British University Championships, including both competitors, coaches and volunteer Technical officials from our county. The event was held over two days with a staggering amount of entries, especially...

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Don’t pay us for the fitness classes next week!!

Please do not pay for our fitness classes next week. Week beginning 8th April We kindly ask all those who attend classes next week to please donate the same amount to our funding appeal Throughout April, Local Giving runs a ‘Local Hero’ Campaign. Fundraisers are...

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Local provision for elite Welsh and GB athletes

Huge congratulations to James Tomlinson. Last weekend, James was called up for his first u23 GB vest, a few years early into this age category, demonstrating a great reflection of his current performance and future potential. James performed exceptionally well in...

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Welsh Senior National Championships 2019

Five Pembrokeshire Weightlifters competed in the Welsh Senior National Championships, 2nd March at Bangor University. It was a very successful day all round. Lotty Whalley from Haverfordwest High VC - 4th place and breaking the u15 Welsh Snatch, Clean and Jerk and...

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When Weightlifting began in Pembrokeshire

Weightlifting in Pembrokeshire started in the 1930’s with Tommie George, an old time strongman who lived in the Letterston area. As part of his strongman act he would perform feats of strength with barbells and dumbbells, lift an anvil with his teeth and then bend an...

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1970’s Pembrokeshire Weightlifter Islwyn Jones

We caught up with Islwyn Jones this week, a Pembrokeshire Weightlifter from back in the 1970’s. He has been keeping fit and healthy, training regularly at Haverfordwest Leisure Centre and is still really enjoying exercise and fitness training. Last year,  Islwyn...

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SAW National Qualifier

Volunteers from Pembrokeshire Weightlifting and staff from Weightlifting Wales organised a fantastic Weightlifting event on the 2nd February at Strength Academy Wales, located at Sir Thomas Picton Sports Centre. There was overwhelming support from clubs...

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Over 40’s Strength training

As we age, our bodies need a lot more care. Our metabolisms tend to slow down. There is also a loss of muscle mass and bone density. Strength training becomes even more important as we get older. The good news is…we can help reduce this decline by adding resistance...

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Pembrokeshire County Swimming

Our experienced coaches have been refining conditioning programmes for Pembrokeshire Swimmers. The Pembrokeshire County Swimming programme consists of 4 conditioning stages, starting with a programme introducing basic conditioning skills, which leads towards the...

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Fitness Classes 2019

Download a copy of our timetable here Classes start back week beginning 7th January Lifting Fundamentals – Monday evening 7.30pm A session to up-skill and learn new lifting exercises. All welcome especially those who are new to lifting weights. Strength & Fitness...

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Weightlifting Awards 2018

The Weightlifting Wales Annual Awards Evening, held at Bangor University was very well supported by Pembrokeshire Weightlifting, we were delighted that so many of our members, inclusive of parents, lifters and volunteers were able to spend the evening within the...

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Pembrokeshire Sports Awards 2018

Our group of members and volunteers had a fantastic evening at the extremely well organised and enjoyable Pembrokeshire Sports Awards, held at Folly Farm, November 2018. We were very fortunate to receive the Club of the Year Award, Simon Roach was awarded the Coach of...

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Volunteering a vital step to well-being

One of our most active volunteers, Darren Rogers talks about how volunteering has helped his depression. “In the past I have suffered with anxiety and low levels of self-esteem. Over a lengthily period I suffered from depression, which I found really difficult to cope...

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Returning to fitness from a traumatic brain injury

Pembrokeshire Sports person, Kristian Speake continues to make exceptional progress in his rehabilitation following an incident in February this year which resulted in traumatic brain injury. Kristian was in a coma in the critical care unit at the Heath Hospital for...

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Celtic Nation Championships 2018

Weightlifting in Pembrokeshire is one of the fasted growing sports in county. In-addition to the many who take part in this strength based sport for health and recreational purposes, are an ever increasing amount of competitive athletes and volunteers from the...

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Celtic Nation Championships 2018

Congratulations to the Pembrokeshire Weightlifters who have been selected to compete for Wales at the forth coming Celtic Nations.  Being held on the weekend of the 26th October, the team will travel to Dublin, to compete against Scotland and Ireland. Selected are: -...

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Stronger Together 💪

A diverse and inclusive Junior fitness programme based in the heart of Pembrokeshire and open to all.  The programme aims to develop the fitness and health of youths in Pembrokeshire, tackling obesity and providing opportunities for teenagers to learn how to train...

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Female only fitness class

Tuesday's and Thursday's at 7.30pm A friendly welcoming atmosphere, good quality coaching and good levels of support and instruction. Open to all abilities.  Exercises can be modified to suit a range of abilities. Tuesday fitness Class: This involves a variety of...

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Pembrokeshire Schools Championships 2018

In it's third year running the Pembrokeshire Schools Weightlifting Championships will be hosted at Ysgol Milford Haven on the 9th November. The schools County championships has previously been hosted by Ysgol Bro Gwaun and the previous Sir Thomas Picton School. The...

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British Age Groups 2018

Pembrokeshire weightlifters had an extremely successful weekend at the British Age Groups, Castleford. This event is a two day event inclusive of a range of ages, u15, u17, u20 and u23, clubs from around the UK travel to compete in this annual National championships....

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Cluster Competition September 2018

On 1st September TeamSAW competed in the Weightlifting Wales Cluster event at Crossfit Aberystwyth. Weightlifting clubs in Wales are grouped together in clusters and meet a few times per year to compete against each other in a friendly and supportive competition. Six...

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SAW Social and fundraiser

Saturday 1st September 4pm till 6pm at Simon's garden Roasts Rogers supplying the food  Pulled spiced lamb or beef flatbread with a lime and herb flavoured coleslaw ( a bit like a proper Greek kebab), burgers 🍔 also or for children. Veg option Bouncy castle. Plenty of...

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🌟 August 14th National #OurSquad Day 🌟

Exercise for Women and Sport for Girls/Females in Pembrokeshire Our Squad is a Sport Wales initiative aimed at inspiring, empowering and encouraging more women and girls in Wales to get active and give sport a go. It doesn’t matter about your current fitness level,...

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European Youth Weightlifting Championships July 2018

This year the European youth championships took place in the beautiful city of Milan, Italy. In true Italian style the competition started with a fantastic opening ceremony full of Music, Opera Singing and art which set the tone for a very well run competition from...

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British National Championships July 2018

Dan Davies, u13 weightlifter has been making some great progress in training, after recently competing in Austria for Wales, he competed in his first British National championships. Held in the Richo arena, Coventry July 2018. At this age group, athletes are judged on...

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Gemau Cymru 6th July 2018

A fantastic representation by Pembrokeshire at the Gemau Cymru, which was held in Cardiff, National Sports Centre. 14 lifters representing the County. Lexi Thomas and Mena Williams, both from South Pembs Weightlifting club gaining the best lifter awards in their...

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Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018

We are delighted that four club members represented Wales at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.  Nathan Stephens - Para Powerlifting athlete. Jim Horner - Para Powerlifting coach. Simon Roach - Team Manager. Stephen Donovan - Technical Official  Nathan Stephens has...

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2018 National Senior Championships

SAW has had a great start to the year with Para Powerlifters Harry Thomas and Nathan Stephens lifting exceptionally well. Harry, a youth lifter gaining a bronze medal and a PB bench of 63kg and Nathan, senior Commonwealth Games athlete taking gold medal and a PB of...

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Review of 2017

So 2017 has proved to be an been an outstanding year for Strength Academy Wales.Our sports club aims to encourage members to immerse themselves in Sports conditioning, Weightlifting, Powerlifting, Strongman, Para Powerlifting, Health and Fitness, coaching,...

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Medalists at Welsh Age Groups

On the 28th October 2017 at Bangor University, 4 youth lifters from SAW competed at the Welsh Age Groups. A fantastic event for the Pembrokeshire talented youth athletes to lift at a venue of International standard. The training and competition venue at Bangor...

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Alex John Techical Official

Alex John has taken a break from competing, concentrating on conditioning and studying for A levels.Earlier this year, Alex qualified as a Weightlifting Technical Official. He has officiated in a number of Pembrokeshire events and last weekend he officiated at his...

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Indy Singh British Army Powerlifting Champion

Indy Singh from the British Army, based at 14 Signal Regiment (EW) Brawdy, trains regularly at SAW and competes in Powerlifting. Earlier this month he competed in Malta in an International Forces competition. Indy lifted extremely impressive weights and RAW.Simon...

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Club Welfare Officers

Welfare officers at our centre are Carl Rees and Lucy Griffiths.To contact our club welfare officers Carl and Lucy please email welfare@strengthacademy.walesAs an affiliated centre of Weightlifting Wales, Pembrokeshire Weightlifting has adopted and signed up to the...

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European Youth Championships

Stephen Donovan is the first Technical Official from Pembrokeshire in over 30 years to attend an International event. Following in the foot steps of Category 1 IWF International Officials John Vincent Davies and Lynne Roach.Stephen volunteers for both Weightlifting...

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2nd Place in the Devon Strongman 2017

Congratulations Rory Brown, a great performance at the Devon Strongman contest. He made 17 reps at 170kg Axle squat in 75 seconds to place 1st in this discipline. Also 1st position at the medley - 75kg block, 85kg axle, 90kg log.Quickest time at the Atlas too.Great...

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Devon Strongman Championships

This weekend Rory Brown will be competing in the Devon Strongman Championships. In this strongman event the disciplines are:-Yoke (230kg) into Farmers (100kg each hand)Over head medley -75kg block, 85kg axle, 95kg logLoadable cross carry, 85kg for 30m in quickest...

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Wales U18 Tour South Africa

Congratulations to Kemsley Mathias, recently selected to play for the Welsh u18's team touring South Africa. The team will compete in Cape Town, against South Africa, England and France. From all of us at SAW, GOOD LUCK Kemsley. 

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In Sport festival

Many thanks to Justin Head, Jim Horner and Darren Rogers giving up their time at Pembrokeshire's In Sport festival. Please contact us if interested in taking part in Para Powerlifting. Opportunities to participate both recreationally and competitively...

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Talent ID

Weightlifters at SAW are involved in a 3 year tracking project with Weightlifting Wales and Bangor University. They have completed the first bank of both physical and physiological tests. Pictured is the Over Head Squat test, measuring optimum OHS position

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Trio gain International success

On Thursday 15th June, a team of 10 Weightlifters from throughout Wales travelled to compete in the Junior Battle, Austria, an International event with Countries from around Europe competing.3 of the Welsh team were from Pembrokeshire, Chloe Hood, James Hart and Louis...

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Volunteer Week

Jim Horner volunteers for both Weightlifting Wales and Strength Academy Wales.He is a retired International competitive Powerlifter, although he still trains regularly and still lifts some impressive weights. He is a level two Weightlifting coach, a Para Powerlifting...

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Volunteer Week

Weightlifting Technical Officials Stephen Donovan and Darren Rogers volunteer for Weightlifting Wales, British Weightlifting and Strength Academy Wales.Over 6 years ago, Darren Rogers and Stephen Donovan regained their interest in Weightlifting.  Captured while...

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Junior Battle 2017

Recently selected to compete for Wales at the Junior battle, to be held in Austria are SAW Weightlifters Chloe Hood, Louis Thomas and James Hart. They will be part of a team of 11 athletes from Wales to compete in this International event, June 2017. All three lifters...

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Anita Gains Silver at Welsh Senior Championships

11th March 2017, Anita Madan made competition PB's and gained Silver medal in the Welsh Senior Championships. Snatch 69kg / Clean and Jerk 76kg / 145kg Total. Well done Anita. Anita has the reset of the year left as a Junior competitior and is training towards the...

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British Youth Gold Medalists

In February, 2017, two Pembrokeshire Weightlifters competed for “Strength Academy Wales” in Yorkshire, at the British Youth Weightlifting Championships.Chloe Hood aged 16 from Ysgol Milford Haven and James Hart also aged 16 previously from Ysgol Dewi Sant and...

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One to One Coaching

If you are a new to SAW we offer a free one to one coaching service, to help you build confidence and knowledge for training. Coaching sessions can be for health, fitness, weightlifting and sports conditioning. If you would like to book with one of our staff please...

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Christmas Opening hours

We would like to wish all our members current and past a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for your continued...

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Sport Personality of the year

Congratulations Chloe Hood, awarded "Sport Personality of the Year" at the Radio Pembrokeshire Young Achievers Awards (October 2016). We are all very proud of you.Below is a copy of her nomination....Chloe is a member of the SAW Weightlifting team. She competes in the...

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International Honours

More exciting news.... Five lifters from SAW have been selected to represent Wales in the Celtic Nations tournament, which will be held on the 5th November at Bangor, the Welsh team will consist of 16 athletes and they will be competing against the top weightlifters...

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British U20’s

In the build up to the British U20's, Anita Madan completed two blocks of very focused training. A strength block, focusing on developing a number of areas, especially back strength; followed by an intense competitive phase of training. Anita performed with great...

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British U17 Championships

James Hart and Louis Thomas competed in the British U17 Championships. Both competing a year under age and performing with outstanding commitment. Louis lifted personal bests and gained 5th place in the 69kg class. James competed in the 85kg category and won Gold.All...

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Gemau Cymru

In July 2016, SAW lifters were invited to compete in the Gemau Cymru, an U17's National multi sport event held in Cardiff. All six Weightlifting academies throughout Wales competed against each other in a team event, with Sinclair points from each team added to make...

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The ultimate exercise

The squat is one of the most worthwhile exercises used to stay healthy and to develop an athletic physique.The full squat, plays an essential role in a Weightlifters training regime, also popular with many sports people and now more and more gym users are...

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Lifting League

On Sunday 17th April SAW fielded two teams in the Weightlifting Wales lifting league, competing against Evolve Strength and Conditioning Club and South Pembs Weightlifting - the supportive atmosphere created was excellent, some great performances throughout the day....

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British u15 Championships

Chloe Hood competed in Yorkshire on Saturday on February 27th in the British u15 Championships. Competing against a group of high standard lifters from England, Chloe demonstrated total composure and focus to lift competition PB's and Broke Welsh records at a number...

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International selection

Congratulations Chloe Hood and Niamh Roach, recently selected to compete for Wales in the Junior Battle, to be held in Austria end of May. An International event with many countries from around Europe entering youth lifters.Selection for this competition was  of a...

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