Virtual England Championships 2021

Virtual England Championships 2021

Entries open: midday 08 February

Entries close: midday 22 February

Entry fee: £15

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Virtual England Championships 2021

The extended deadline of Monday 22 February, is to allow those lifters impacted by technical errors outside of their control to complete their entry. BWL will be accepting videos with timestamps up to midday Monday 22 February for those 45 impacted entrants only. BWL will not be accepting any new lifting entries or resubmissions within this period. The entries are only open to lifters who experienced technical issues and were contacted separately by the competitions team.

The Virtual England Championships, new for 2021, will take place between 8 - 22 February. Building on the originally scheduled England Age Group Championships, the England Championships will provide a competition opportunity for every weightlifter in England.  

All virtual competitions require competitors to display honesty and integrity when taking part and we are confident that the weightlifting community can and will demonstrate these values.

In light of the latest restrictions implemented by Government British Weight Lifting is aware that access to gyms and equipment may be challenging for some of our members. However, it's important to continue to offer competition opportunities to those members who are in a position to continue training due to having access to equipment at home, and have prepared for the England Championships in February, and to maintain as much as structure as possible within what are undoubtably difficult times. 

The competition:

The England Championships will run as a virtual competition. The competition will be open to all BWL members with a postal address in England.  

Classed as a Tier 2 event the results from the competition can be used for rankings and qualification to future national events, and the winners of each age group and category will be crowned ‘2021 England Championships Champion’.

Results from this competition cannot be used for new records.


In a change from previous national level events there are no qualification requirements for the Virtual England Championships.

You need to be a current member of British Weight Lifting with a postal address in England (determined by your membership profile).

There is no cap on entry numbers.

Entries will cost £15.00.

To enter you will need to film yourself making three attempts at the snatch and clean & jerk and upload them to the competition webpage.

Please note that you are permitted to upload videos of three attempts per lift (Snatch and Clean & Jerk) when entering any virtual competition. We strongly encourage lifters to submit videos of all the available attempts to avoid missing out on a total due to a ‘no-lift’ decision for a single attempt video.

All entries for virtual competitions must be performed during the entry period for the competition. For example the England Championships is open from midday on 08 February until midday on 16 February, and all lift videos must be timestamped within this period to be eligible. Videos with a timestamp outside the entry period will not be accepted for entry.

Key dates

Entries will open at 1200 midday on Monday 08 February

Entries will close as 1200 midday on Monday 22 February

Results will be published on Monday 29 February

Age groups and results

The Virtual England Championships will recognise every age group in the BWL TCRR;

Development (U10) Aged 10 or below on 31 December 2021 

Development (U12) Aged 11 or 12 on 31 December 2021 

Youth (U15) Aged 13 to 15 on 31 December 2021 

Youth (U17) Aged 16 or 17 on 31 December 2021 

Junior (U20) Aged 18 to 20 on 31 December 2021 

Under 23 Aged 21 to 23 on 31 December 2021 

Senior Aged 24 to 34 on 31 December 2021 

Masters* Aged 35 or above on 31 December 2021 

*Masters age groups will be in 5-year increments (35-39, 40-44, 45-49 etc up to 80+)

The top three ranked lifters in each age group and bodyweight category will be crowned ‘2021 England Virtual Champion’. Placings will be determined according to Total for all age groups except Development, which will be scored using technique points.

Weigh in video

1. ‘The Lifter’ will be given a 1.0kg addition / discretion to their bodyweight, for their outfit.

E.g. a lifter weighing 64kg in clothing will be considered as weighing 63kg  

2. The Lifter must weigh-in wearing the same outfit they wear during all 6 submission attempts

A Singlet with or without a T-shirt/ tight fitting long sleeve top &/or Leggings/shorts underneath the Singlet MUST be worn.

3. The Lifter must weigh-in without footwear or accessory equipment

E.g. Knee Sleeves or Belt

4. The Scale must have a digital display , digital bathroom scales are acceptable

5. The Scale’s digital display must be visible, and the Lifter must be fully visible when stepping onto the scale throughout the weigh-in video.

6. The ‘Weigh-in Video’ must contain a time stamp (Date & Time)

Lift attempt videos

7. The ‘Lifting Video’ must contain a time stamp

8. Lifts must be completed within 3 hours of your weigh in.

E.g. Weigh in filmed at 10:00, Lifts filmed between 10:00 and 13:00.   

9. The submission video may contain up to;

Three (3) attempts of the snatch lift  

Three (3) attempts of the Clean & Jerk lift  

10. The ‘Lifting Video’ must;

Be a maximum of 7 minutes long (you can edit a longer video to make it shorter, this is why the timestamps must be visible) 

Capture an unobscured view of the Bar, Weight Plates and Lifter from the start to the end of the lift  

The camera must be placed directly in front of the lifter and raised to approximately chest height.  

All Weight Plates must be in kilograms.  

If you are using competition colour weight plates, you must show the plates on each side of the bar after they have been loaded.  

If you are not using competition colour weight plates, you must unload and show the plates on each side of the bar after they have been loaded. 

Virtual Submissions may be rejected for the following reasons;

11. The Lifter must not use Pulling straps

12. The Submissions must include a ‘Weigh in Video’ 

13. ‘Lifting Videos’ that do not display the Weight in Kg of Weight plates after a lift will be rejected. 

14. Videos filmed from the ground or from the side will not be accepted. 

15. Lifting videos filmed outside of the entry period will not be accepted.

16.  BWL may disqualy of reject a submission for any other reason that is in clear contradiction with the principles of weightlifting competition and virtual competition integrity.

For more information or queries about entering the Virtual England Championships please contact British Weight Lifting by emailing or call 01132 249 402

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