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Festive Greetings

We would like to wish all British powerlifters the Complements of the Season and best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year; plus of course, success on the platform in 2023.

Anti-Doping Sanction

On 03 September 2022, Aaron Sloane was selected for an in-competition doping control during the Northern Ireland Open event in Cookstown, Northern Ireland.

His urine sample was analysed by the WADA-accredited Laboratory in Cologne, in accordance with the procedures set out in WADA's International Standard for Laboratories. The analysis of the sample returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for 5-methylhexan-2-amine (1,4-dimethylpentylamine), a specified substance (Methylhexanamine) under the Prohibited List.

The use or presence of Methylhexanamine is prohibited in-competition under the IPF Anti-Doping Rules.

The IPF Anti-Doping Commission have therefore imposed a period of ineligibility of two years ending 11th October 2024.

Warm-Up Area Access

During discussions with UKAD, it has become apparent that we should have jurisdiction over everyone participating in our competitions. The Board have therefore agreed a change to the By-Laws specifying that only British Powerlifting members can be allowed in the warm-up areas for British and National Championships. It's recognised that this may not be practicable for some non-national events and so it's only a recommendation for lower-level competitions.

Anti-Doping Rules

Also arising from our discussions with UKAD, all members should be aware that they remain subject to the Anti-Doping Rules for a minimum of 12 months from the date they joined or their last competition, whichever is the later.

Please note that the latest WADA Prohibited List comes into force 1st January 2023; visit  for full details.


For national and British championships to ensure we always have a jury, approved National referees who are eligible to take the International Cat 2 exam, can also be jury members. However, juries must always have a minimum of one international referee, preferably Cat 1.


Promoters, English divisions and Home Nations are reminded that all competitions should have a designated safeguarding officer. This should be coordinated via your local committee Safeguarding Officer. Any queries regarding this requirement should be directed to the British Powerlifting Safeguarding Officer Kevin Jane via 

British Powerlifting is the only UK powerlifting organisation that has a fully WADA compliant anti-doping programme, which is independently administered by the IPF. All of our anti-doping testing is carried out at our own expense. Elite GB lifters are selected by the IPF for inclusion in the Registered Testing Pool (RT) along with 144 lifters in the Testing Pool and National Testing Pool. All are subject to Out of Competition Testing (OCT). Read More >