Division

East       Midlands

Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire

Eastern Counties

Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdon

Northeast

Yorkshire, North Humberside, Cleveland, Durham, Northumberland, (including Tyne & Wear)

North Midlands

Cheshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, South Humberside

Northwest

Lancashire, Cumberland, Westmoreland, Isle of Man

Northern Ireland

Scotland

Southeast

Greater London, Surrey, Kent, Sussex

Southwest

Cornwall, Devon, Somerset

Southern Counties

Berkshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset, Isle of Wight, Channel Islands

Wales

West Midlands

Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire

Eastern Counties Division

Steve Van Kempen

Steve has been involved with the BDFPA since 1998, assisting with spotting & loading, competing, organising and refereeing competitions. He assisted the WDFPF president and the IDFPF to set up and run their first national event as a newly established federation. Steve took over the position of Eastern Counties Divisional Representative in 2016, and with assistance from Lee Hyne, Glenn Branch ( EC Records Registrar) and James Jeffries, he brought the Eastern Counties from one of the smallest member region to one of the biggest in the BDFPA.

 

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East Midlands Division

Hey I’m Habee.

I am the East Midlands Divisional Representative.

I joined the BDFPA in 2014 and have been competing since. I am hugely passionate about the sport of Powerlifting. I have competed Divisionally, Nationally and Internationally. I am also a National Referee.

I hold a few National and International titles under my belt, maybe a few records too. In 2018 I decided It was time to start giving back to the sport and became a Divisional Representative and have run events and conducted drug testing.

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North East Division- POSITION VACANT

Anyone wishing to apply for this is to contact the president in the first instance.

See outlined below the TORs for a divisional rep. If you feel you are in a position to support the BDFPA in undertaking any of the vacant div rep positions then get in touch.

Please note all positions in the BDFPA are volunteer ones and as such it is appreciated that some individuals may have the ability to fulfil the requirements detailed below, however if a potential applicant identifies one or two aspects where they may need additional guidance or support this sound not preclude them from applying as every effort will be made to provide additional support as required. For instance a common misconception is that to be a div rep you must have all of the equipment and a gym and although this would be hugely beneficial it is not the case. Using this as the example a div rep simply needs to facilitate a competition in their area which could be administered and run by other individuals providing the necessary expertise or indeed equipment.

Divisional representative of the BDFPA are expected to be responsible for:

  1. Promoting BDFPA in your divisional area by means of social media, local press and local gyms.
  2. Run divisional events to allow lifters in your area to qualify for the National Championships. This includes sourcing venues, trophies and running of the event.
  3. Assist with local events by means of fundraising and charity events where necessary to recruit new members.
  4. Assist with refereeing and doping testing as required.
  5. Holding Divisional referee exams days where applicable and in conjunction with the Technical Secretary.
  6. Ensuring Divisional referees have the opportunity to be mentored by National/International referees for the purpose of them progressing to National level themselves.
  7. Responding to requests from Divisional Representatives, NC members and club managers for information prior to events taking place in your area.
  8. Reply to all Ballots as in a timely manner as required.
  9. Reporting any compliments, complaints and lessons learnt to the president as required.

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North Midlands Division-POSITION VACANT

Anyone wishing to apply for this is to contact the president in the first instance.

See outlined below the TORs for a divisional rep. If you feel you are in a position to support the BDFPA in undertaking any of the vacant div rep positions then get in touch.

Please note all positions in the BDFPA are volunteer ones and as such it is appreciated that some individuals may have the ability to fulfil the requirements detailed below, however if a potential applicant identifies one or two aspects where they may need additional guidance or support this sound not preclude them from applying as every effort will be made to provide additional support as required. For instance a common misconception is that to be a div rep you must have all of the equipment and a gym and although this would be hugely beneficial it is not the case. Using this as the example a div rep simply needs to facilitate a competition in their area which could be administered and run by other individuals providing the necessary expertise or indeed equipment.

Divisional representative of the BDFPA are expected to be responsible for:

  1. Promoting BDFPA in your divisional area by means of social media, local press and local gyms.
  2. Run divisional events to allow lifters in your area to qualify for the National Championships. This includes sourcing venues, trophies and running of the event.
  3. Assist with local events by means of fundraising and charity events where necessary to recruit new members.
  4. Assist with refereeing and doping testing as required.
  5. Holding Divisional referee exams days where applicable and in conjunction with the Technical Secretary.
  6. Ensuring Divisional referees have the opportunity to be mentored by National/International referees for the purpose of them progressing to National level themselves.
  7. Responding to requests from Divisional Representatives, NC members and club managers for information prior to events taking place in your area.
  8. Reply to all Ballots as in a timely manner as required.
  9. Reporting any compliments, complaints and lessons learnt to the president as required.

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North West Division

Ruth Gardner

Ruth joined the BDFPA in 2016. In 2017 she became a divisional level referee upgrading to national referee in October 2019 and became the North West Divisional Rep in March 2020.

Since joining, Ruth has lifted at both National and International competitions as well as supporting events as an official.  The North West Division is fortunate to be supported by Hive Athletics – CFCL as a venue for its competitions in Lancaster.

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Northern Ireland Division

Wilhelm Courtney
Northern Ireland Divisional rep
Head coach of the Berserker Powerlifting Team.
Strength coach and Manager of Alpha high performance gym.
Over 20 years experience in the Martial arts and fitness industry.

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Scotland Division

Wullie Brown

Wullie Brown joined the BDFPA in 2005. After retiring from a very successful American Football career which spanned over 17 years , Wullie was selected to represent team Great Britain and in 1992 was selected as the most valuable player against Team USA Milwaukee which took place in the USA. Before taking up powerlifting Wullie was a professional boxing trainer.

As a powerlifter Wullie is a successful athlete in both the equipped and unequipped section. Quickly becoming the integral engine of the Scottish division he became the Scottish divisional rep in 2008, he is the longest standing divisional rep who constantly strives for success. Wullie hard work and dedication managed to secure government funding via the National lottery to assist in youth development and promote sport in Glasgow.

Wullie is an event organiser who has organised many National and International championships on behalf of the BDFPA and WDFPF. He holds National referee status and was the driving force behind the 4 Nations events where he secured a first place podium finish for team Scotland on 3 occasions.

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Southern Counties Division

Alana Pash

Alana joined BDFPA in 2016. Competing in Equipped Bench press only obtaining the Divisional and British record in 2017 and continue to beat her own record in 2018 and 2019.
In 2019, Alana become a divisional referee, and assisting the federation in carrying out drug testing. Also in 2019, Alana took over the role of the South East County Divisional Rep. Upon moving she soon took up the position of southern counties.
With Alana’s previous jobs being a coach at Merton Weightlifting Club and a Sports Development officer she is looking to increase participation and membership uptake in the South.

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South East Division- POSITION VACANT

Anyone wishing to apply for this is to contact the president in the first instance.

See outlined below the TORs for a divisional rep. If you feel you are in a position to support the BDFPA in undertaking any of the vacant div rep positions then get in touch.

Please note all positions in the BDFPA are volunteer ones and as such it is appreciated that some individuals may have the ability to fulfil the requirements detailed below, however if a potential applicant identifies one or two aspects where they may need additional guidance or support this sound not preclude them from applying as every effort will be made to provide additional support as required. For instance a common misconception is that to be a div rep you must have all of the equipment and a gym and although this would be hugely beneficial it is not the case. Using this as the example a div rep simply needs to facilitate a competition in their area which could be administered and run by other individuals providing the necessary expertise or indeed equipment.

Divisional representative of the BDFPA are expected to be responsible for:

  1. Promoting BDFPA in your divisional area by means of social media, local press and local gyms.
  2. Run divisional events to allow lifters in your area to qualify for the National Championships. This includes sourcing venues, trophies and running of the event.
  3. Assist with local events by means of fundraising and charity events where necessary to recruit new members.
  4. Assist with refereeing and doping testing as required.
  5. Holding Divisional referee exams days where applicable and in conjunction with the Technical Secretary.
  6. Ensuring Divisional referees have the opportunity to be mentored by National/International referees for the purpose of them progressing to National level themselves.
  7. Responding to requests from Divisional Representatives, NC members and club managers for information prior to events taking place in your area.
  8. Reply to all Ballots as in a timely manner as required.
  9. Reporting any compliments, complaints and lessons learnt to the president as required.

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South West Division

Richard Bremner

Richard joined the BDFPA in 2014 as an athlete, getting very involved straight away with helping run competitions, he quickly become a divisional referee. Demonstrating his technical prowess he was soon ungraded to a National referee.

Taking over the South West division in 2016 Richard has organised many Divisional competitions. Displaying excellent management skills he has also successfully run National and International events during this time.

Richard runs Synergy Barbell powerlifting club based in Weston Super Mare focusing on grass roots development of lifter as well helping many to National and International success.

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Wales Division

Kathryn Holley

I am currently the divisional representative for Wales and took this role in January 2020, however I have been a member of the BDFPA for many years. When I am not lifting, which I try to make a rare moment, I am a Teacher!

Since the start of my membership I have competed at a National level as well as in the Europeans and World championships all in the 70kg category. Bench is by far the strongest of my lifts and for a while was the only one I could compete in after a tear in my glute. Bench is easily my favourite though and has seen me winning various of the competitions and receiving best lifter trophies.

I have always been competitive in nature and started life as a sprinter when I was in school. This developed into distance running as I got older. After running Manchester marathon one year I developed an injury which stopped me running or even walking. I was told strict rest, but rest does not come easy to me, and I suddenly started picking up weights in the gym. With the help of a gym instructor I tried my first squat. This promptly led me to go home and research lifting competitions. I found the BDFPA and signed up to my first ever competition two weeks later! I didn’t even know what a deadlift was at the time!

As divisional representative for Wales I am keen to grow the passion for powerlifting in the way I discovered  it. I hope to introduce new lifters into the sport as well as continue to support experienced lifters and provide them with new opportunities to compete.

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West Midlands Division

Pat Reeves

Pat joined the BDFPA in 2005 after a discussion with the sadly departed Andy Davies at an event she held at a BAWLA Divisional event in Birmingham.

Pat has worked professionally and tirelessly for many years with various presidents such as Andrew Cominos,  Neil Thomas and Manon Bradley to name a few.

As an athlete Pat was successful at all BDFPA/WDFPF events since joining and although diagnosed in the 1980s with terminal cancer, multiple kidney stent applications and right eyesight loss she has continued to battle on, setting numerous Masters World records along the way, she is a true survivor.

Coached by the great Gren Elmore for over twenty-five years ahead of his sad passing in 2014 Pat feels she would not have achieved or maintained these accolades without this association or the friends she has made along the way.

Pat has organised many National events along the way. She has held many responsibilities within the BDFPA such as the RAW Power Editor, West Midlands Divisional Rep, Technical Secretary, Drug Control Officer and International Referee. Pat is the long standing General Secretary and holds responsibility as an Executive Council Member.

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