President & Drug Control Officer  

Mrs Ann Thomas MBE

Ann joined the BDFPA in 2006 as an athlete, progressing down the route of officiating and drugs testing where she quickly became qualified as a referee and doping facilitator. Ann helped shape the RAF Powerlifting future as a military sport in line with the BDFPA as the NGB for this sport, where this was extended across the 3 single services, Navy, Army & Royal Air Force to encompass the Combined Services Powerlifting Associations.

She became the British Drug Control Officer where she facilitated the delivery of drug testing program within the British organisation. Subsequently becoming the World Drug Control Officer where she oversees the management of worldwide Doping control program in all WDFPF nations serving in this role for many years.

In 2016 Ann became the Treasurer of the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation and in 2017 was elected as BDFPA President where she continually holds this position. Since joining she has continually lifted within the BDFPA and attended many International events over the last 14 years both as an athlete and an official.  During her Presidency tenure she has help shape the organisation in becoming a public limited company with the assistance of the executive council.

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General Secretary

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 .

She 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, 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 acholades 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 Testing officer and International referee. Pat is the long standing General Secretary and holds responsibility as an Executive Council Member.

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Sue Bethell

Sue joined BDFPA in 2011 as an M3 lifter, after a 20-year rest from powerlifting, having previously lifted in New Zealand and for a brief period in the UK. She holds national and world records in more than one weight category and participates in equipped and unequipped lifts. Sue qualified as an international referee in 2015 and officiates at world events in the UK and elsewhere. She took on the role of Treasurer in 2017, as a chartered accountant a role she is aptly qualified for.

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Membership Registrar (NC)

Catherine Walter, PhD, HENTF

Catherine began powerlifting in 2012 at the age of 65, and joined the BDFPA in 2013. She has competed Nationally and Internationally since then.  In 2016, she became BDFPA Membership Registrar.  Catherine is the Captain of the Linacre Ladies that Lift, a powerlifting club at the University of Oxford for women, cis and trans, and for people with a complex gender identity that includes ‘woman’. She promotes the benefits of powerlifting to the wider public, and especially to women and older people. As an athlete Catherine holds many Masters National and International World records, a true  inspiration to all those around her.

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Events Co-Ordinator

Neil Thomas MBE

Neil joined the BDFPA in 2004, having established the Army and later Combined Services Powerlifting Associations.  Shortly after joining he became the Championship Secretary, serving in the role for 2 years before becoming President of the BDFPA until 2017. In 2016 he became the Vice President of the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation and in 2018 became the newly established BDFPA Events Co-ordinator. Since joining he has continually lifted within the BDFPA and attended many International events over the last 16 years both as an athlete and an official.  During his time as President he reviewed the delivery of National events that allowed for increased drugs testing making the BDFPA the predominant drugs testing organisation.

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Technical Secretary

Chris Martin

Chris joined the BDFPA in 2007 having previously lifted with BWLA in 2004. He was instrumental in forming the Royal Navy Powerlifting Association and is the current chairman. Having qualified as a referee in 2010 Chris was a regular face at divisional and national events, qualifying as an International referee in 2015 taking over as Technical Secretary in 2017. As well as officiating Chris occasionally dusts off his Bench shirt to compete in equipped Bench press where his diminutive stature serves to his advantage.

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Pete Gaskin

Pete has been a member of the BDFPA since 2009 and took over as webmaster in 2011. An Electronics Engineer by trade and a member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, Pete deals with IT, website and tech queries for the BDFPA. Pete is also an International Referee and was the British Records Registrar between 2011 and 2018.

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British Records Registrar

Karen Dalziel

Karen joined the BDFPA in 2013 for her first competition with the now Police Scotland Powerlifting team. She has held the British and World title at 58.5kg, European and World title at Open 63kg and currently at M1 63kg. Karen has been selected for the Scottish 4 Nations team and was part of the team that won the trophy in 2015. Karen became a Divisional Referee in 2016 and was promoted to National level at the end of 2017. She became the Scottish and British Record Registrar in 2019. Karen also holds the L1 Powerlifting Coach certificate and is the head powerlifting coach of Glasgow Eagles (a disability sports group) and runs BDFPA affiliated club Achieve Strength in Kirkintilloch.

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Coaching Secretary

Craig Spicer

My background was predominantly in team sports (Football) and Individual sports (Badminton, Athletics) but always pivoted around strength and conditioning. After being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and undergoing 6 months of chemotherapy in 2010/2011 I looked to compete in weight categorised sports starting with Powerlifting and later adding Weightlifting.

Drug Free Powerlifting

British Championships 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
European Championships 2014, 2015
World Championships 2014, 2015, 2016

British Masters Weightlifting

English Championships 2019, 2020
British Championships 2019

Having been involved in the coaching industry since my early teens I have run my own team of lifters since 2015 consisting of numerous national and international champions including the Drug Free Overall Male and Female World Champions in 2019. I been Head Coach of Army Powerlifting Since 2016 and Army Weightlifting Since 2018 overseeing numerous Interservices, national and international competition both for teams and individual athletes. in 2018 I took up a role with Eleiko as an Educator helping to delivery education packages specific to barbell sports and also delivery S&C and Weightlifting qualifications along with running training days, workshops for all levels along with competition events.

My role as coaching secretary sees me mainly guide and recommend the committee in decisions regarding coaching protocol as well as offer guidance to new coaches, athletes and signpost where necessary.


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Services Liaison Officer

Steve Baldock

Steve Baldock started powerlifting within the army to get out of cross country running in 2005. He competed in all army powerlifting competitions which saw him qualify to compete in the BDFPA in 2009. He took on the role on the army powerlifting unions committee as the kit manager and for 5 years. In his time in the BDFPA time he completed the referees exam and became a divisional level referee. In 2017 he gained his National Referees qualification and showing a high level of professionalism he became an International referee.  Steve attended the world Full power event in Germany 2019 as an athlete. His current positions for the Army Powerlifting Union is the secretary and head official and he is the conduit between all 3 single services and the BDFPA.

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Official Photographer  

Dave McWilliams 

Hello, I’m Dave, a retired powerlifter and BDFPA photographer. I Only have few photographs of myself when I used to lift so it’s a pleasure to share the photos that I take with you all. Although photography is not my occupation I thoroughly enjoy traveling to competitions and meeting everyone. I hope to see you all through the lens on a platform soon.


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