Club profiles: Weightlifting


Welcome to NUIG Weightlifting, one of NUI Galway’s newest sports club! Set up in 2016, we aim to introduce the sport of Olympic Weightlifting, commonly known as “Weightlifting”, to all students, staff and alumni in a fun, friendly environment. Weightlifting provides a range of health benefits which include increased strength, explosive power, flexibility, mobility, improved posture and increased confidence.

We cater for all levels from complete beginner to experienced lifters, and for all interests from those who just want to keep fit to those who wish to compete or use Weightlifting to improve performance in other sports. We train in Planet Health and Fitness (located above the bowling alley) on the Headford Road, which is a 10 minute walk from campus, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9pm. For more info check out our Facebook page!

Weightlifting competitions are held throughout the country during the year and include Intervarsities in March, which were held in LIT Thurles this year. We sent our very first team and secured to gold medals at this competition!

Olympic Weightlifting is one of the oldest competitive sports still practiced today. Tracing its origins back to ancient Greece and China, Weightlifting was one of the seven sports that made up the programme of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, 1896. Weightlifting for men has featured at every edition of the Olympic Games in the modern era, with women’s events introduced at the Sydney Games in 2000.

Weightlifting is made up of two competition lifts: the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. The Snatch involves lifting the barbell from the floor to an overhead position in one continuous movement while the Clean and Jerk consists of moving the barbell from the floor to overhead in 2 movements: from the floor to the shoulders, and from the shoulders to overhead.

Olympic Weightlifting is a bodyweight sport with athletes competing against others in the same category. Each weightlifter receives three attempts in each of the two lifts and the athlete who lifts the highest combined weight after the Snatch and Clean & Jerk is the winner. Women compete in 8 categories: 48kg, 53kg, 58kg, 63kg, 69kg, 75kg, 90kg and 90+kg and men compete in 8 bodyweight categories: 56kg, 62kg, 69kg, 77kg, 85kg, 94kg, 105kg and 105+kg.