Local weightlifter Kobain Riley became the British Development Class school year five champion at the Oldbury Academy in the West Midlands.
Kobain successfully completed all six of his snatch and clean and jerk attempts in his first competition to post a solid 66k total to become a British Champion for the second time at only nine years old.
Kobain has been training successfully through the club partnership formed between Featherstone Weightlifting Club and Wakefield College Weightlifting Club at both venues where the focus has been on developing his technique and lifting safely as is the emphasis of the development class aimed at school age children.
He is coached by his proud dad and and reigning Northern England senior champion Martyn Riley.
Kobain is reaping the rewards of his training and commitment to the sport.
His father Martyn said: “Kobain gives his all at training and is getting the rewards he deserves for his commitment and dedication.”
At the other end of the spectrum, in June, club members Nick Hall and Mark Wager will compete at the World Masters championships, in Bangor Wales, in the 50 and 45 plus age groups respectively.
Both clubs will have several lifters competing throughout the year at regional championships and national ones.
Mark Wager, Paul Sheen and Nick Hall will be defending British titles.
Anyone interested in having a go at weightlifting can contact Allan Whitworth at Featherstone Weightlifting Club on 01977 794176 or Mark Helme at Wakefield College Weightlifting Club on 07769682667. Both clubs have site pages on Facebook.