Best Of British Give TASS A Lift

TASS para powerlifters past and present took on the world in the first event of its kind to be held in the UK since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

And with the Tokyo Paralympics looming large there was success across the board at the 2021 Para Powerlifting World Cup.

Current TASS athlete Mark Swan bagged double gold on his way to lifting the senior and junior titles in the up to 67kg class.

And team-mate Tom Smith — another of our supported athletes — claimed junior gold in the up to 54kg class.

Top left – Becky Bedford.   Top right – Charlotte McGuinness. Bottom left – Tom Smith. Bottom right – Mark Swan

TASS pair Becky Bedford and Charlotte McGuinness also made their mark in Manchester.

Bedford set a new British record of 81kg on her way to fifth place in the up to 67kg class.

And McGuinness added to GB’s medal haul with bronze in the up to 50kg class.

Four former TASS favourites headed to the North West with one eye on Japan.

And Olivia Broome threatened to steal the show as she claimed senior silver and junior gold with a new British record 100kg lift in the up to 50kg class.

Not to be outdone, team-mate Louise Sugden set a new national record on her way to silver in the up to 86kg class.

And there was another silver for the British team to celebrate as two-time TASS athlete (2018-2020) Liam McGarry finished runner-up in over 107kg class.

Wrapping up a fabulous week for the extended TASS family, Zoe Newson secured bronze in the up to 41kg class.

Listing and in-story photo credit: Ed Sykes /

Listing photo – Mark Swan