Bangor weightlifter Catrin Jones has won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Junior & Senior Weightlifting Championships being held in the Gold Coast, Australia.

Catrin, who starts Bangor University this September, trains in Canolfan Brailsford under the watchful eye of her father and coach, Dave Jones. Catrin is now targeting a place in the Welsh Squad for the Commonwealth Games again being held in the Gold Coast, in 2018.

Catrin was recently awarded this year’s Young British Weightlifter of the Year, a title that is awarded to an Olympic weightlifter for exceptional performances and achievements; currently the Wales Senior Champion & GB U20 record holder, she is also a Bangor University Sports Scholarship Local Bursary recipient.

After moving up to the 53kg weight category and winning the Welsh Seniors in that class, Catrin has broken all the current Welsh records. She recently competed at the British Seniors as the lightest and youngest competitor, breaking the Welsh records with her total lifts and pushing herself up the commonwealth rankings. This led to her being selected for Wales to compete in the Commonwealth Championships in Australia.

A number of other Weightlifters from Bangor University have also been selected to lift for Wales at the Commonwealth Championships in Australia next month. Student Harry Missangi, a Sports Scholarship recipient; Olympian Gareth Evans, who works at Canolfan Brailsford as a Sports Assistant and is a multiple British Record holder; unfortunately Hannah Powell another multiple British record holder who graduated with a Sports Science degree from Bangor University this year, missed the championships through injury.

Dave Jones, Catrin’s father and also the Health and Fitness Manager at Canolfan Brailsford, said: “Bangor University has now got some very talented athletes training at Canolfan Brailsford which have represented Wales and GB on the world stage. With the recent opening of our great new facility, Platfform81 – which is open to all, we hope this will help athletes with their training to achieve their future goals.”