WEIGHTLIFTING: Watson delighted with Commonwealth Games call-up

Didcot weightlifter Ben Watson is looking forward to competing for England in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Didcot weightlifter Ben Watson is looking forward to competing for England in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

First published in Sport Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Sports Editor. Call me on 01865 425457

Ben Watson is targeting a top-five finish after being selected in England’s weightlifting team for the Commonwealth Games in July.

The 24-year-old from St Birinus Club in Didcot, who heard of his selection yesterday, is considered a likely medal prospect in Glasgow.

“I don’t want to put any extra pressure on myself by making a bold prediction or stating a target figure,” said Watson, who will be competing in the 105 kilogram category.

“But I would be very happy to finish in the top five.

“At the Commonwealth tournament last year I came sixth, so fifth would be a definite improvement.”

Watson has been a nailed-on selection for the 14-strong team since winning the English title in February with a two-lift total of 335kg.

This was only three kilograms less than the winning total at the Games in Delhi four years ago.

He sees his main threats coming from the Pacific Islands and Australia.

“I’m really excited about competing and it’s all the sweeter for having missed out on selection in 2010.

“It will be reward for all the hard work I’ve put in over the years,” added Watson who says he trains nine times a week.

He has been earmarked for success shortly after taking up the sport in 2002, under the guidance of his coach Philip Karlsson, then a teacher at St Birinus School.

It was Karlsson who was responsible for making the club one of the strongest in the country.

Watson is helping to maintain that the club tradition by coaching youngsters in addition to his role as a teaching assistant at the school.

He is not concerned about the elbow injury that forced him to quit midway through this month’s British Championships.

“It was only a niggle, but I didn’t want to risk making it worse,” he said.

“Because of my performance at the English Championships, I had the qualifying mark for the Games.

“Now I’m training hard to make sure I reach my potential in Glasgow.

Although he does not compete in the Clyde Auditorium until Wednesday July 30, Watson is looking forward to attending the opening ceremony on July 23.

“I expect the English coaches will want us to stay up in Scotland to train, but it will be nice that my parents and brother will be able to come and watch me compete,” said Watson.

He had to break off the conversation to take another coaching session.

“It keeps me grounded,” said the competitor with a chance of bringing a medal back to Oxfordshire.

Our top stories:

Bullfinch report reveals many more victims as mother calls for resignations

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

A VICTIM of the Bullfinch gang and her mother demanded that heads should roll at Oxfordshire County Council ahead of today’s report into the abuse scandal.

Bullfinch: Authorities missed opportunities to uncover grooming gangs

Oxford Mail:

12:59pm Tuesday 3rd March 2015

A story rounding up the report and reaction to this morning's Bullfinch Serious Case Review.

New loan signing Gnanduillet beefs up Oxford United's strikeforce

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Armand Gnanduillet is available to make his Oxford United debut against Morecambe tonight after joining on loan until the end of the season.

Commuters are left bemused by award for rail operator

Oxford Mail: A First Great Western High Speed Train

9:30am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

A COMMUTER group said it “struggled to understand” how First Great Western has won a major industry award.

Superstar rapper talks up a storm with students

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

HE might have been The College Dropout, but Kayne West caused a storm with university students yesterday.

Scales of justice for man who ate live goldfish then posted a video

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

A MAN who swallowed a live goldfish has been ordered to carry out 120 hours unpaid work and banned from keeping fish for five years.

Almost all children get a place in school of choice

Oxford Mail: New Oxfordshire county council logo

8:30am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

MORE than 90 per cent of primary school leavers in Oxfordshire will go to their first-preference secondary school this year.

'Private education is a waste of money' head tells parents

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

THE headteacher of a Headington school has said parents should not “waste their money” on private education after it received a glowing Ofsted report.

Vintage car convoy celebrates automotive history

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

THE streets of Oxfordshire were transported back in time yesterday as a convoy of vintage cars made its way through the county.

Blue plaque honour for Honor at her former school

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

A FORMER Wychwood School pupil and prominent 20th-century scientist was honoured with a blue plaque yesterday.

Rare Charles I coin could make £50,000 at auction

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

A RARE £1 coin dating back to the English Civil War could fetch up to £50,000 at auction.

Council acts to crack problem of egg-box homes across city

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

PLANS to help stop the creation of “egg box homes”

Construction firm named for Westgate's redevelopment

Oxford Mail: Westgate Centre oxford

6:30am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

THE Westgate Centre will be built by construction company Laing O’Rourke, with work due to finish in autumn 2017.

Rose Hill homes 'pioneering a revolution in power supplies'

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

A SCHEME which could change the way the British energy network operates has been launched in Rose Hill.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree