About Us

Welcome to Newcastle’s first Olympic Weightlifting Club “Raise The Bar”

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Olympic Weightlifting is the only barbell sport of the Olympics and its training methods that develop speed, power, strength, flexibility, and muscular coordination. Today, weightlifting is growing and is widely used in Crossfit and in all Olympic Sports, as means of strength and conditioning. These skills are applicable to all other sports that require strength and conditioning so this is a perfect sport to do alongside your existing fitness routine. No previous experience is needed.

The club is affiliated to its National Governing Body, British Weight Lifting, and has its own constitution. The club fully prepares young lifters and adults for regional and national BWL competitions, for which annual membership is required.

The club was set up by Vika De Giorgi (head coach) in May 2010, who is absolutely passionate about her sport. She continued to train, compete, and coach weightlifting during and after her university years.

After graduating with BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Sports Science with Coaching, she taught secondary PE during her PGCE teacher training. Vika is also qualified Level 2 trampolining and athletics (speed events) coach. Recently, Vika worked as worked as Strength and Conditioning coach to organisations notably Northumbria University, British Rowing, English Institute of Sport, and Newcastle United Foundation.

To-date, Vika (CRB cleared) run her own personal training business, Vika Fitness and is actively engaged in developing weightlifting in local schools, runs extra-curricular after-school clubs, and teaches GCSE PE weightlifting in schools across Newcastle upon Tyne. For more information, please do not hesitate to telephone on 07989-235384

Our Mission


“Raise The Bar” Olympic Weightlifting Club aims to make a positive contribution to the personal, social, academic and technical development of all school-age lifters.

By providing a safe, professional learning environment it is expected that individuals will be given the opportunity to maximise their potential. In pursuit of this goal coaching staff will help each player to ‘be the very best that they can be.’

The ultimate objective is to raise “local gifted and talented” weightlifters who will represent our local region, nationally and internationally.

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We are expanding very rapidly, and as more lifters are coming in, more space and equipment is needed. In June, the number of platforms will expand to 10 or 12 platforms, so please bear with the current tight spacing. More equipment is arriving too, and it is being manufactured to my the club’s specification. Be keep up with the latest information via club’s Facebook