The GBPF was formed out of the powerlifting section of the British Weightlifters Association (BWLA), the original governing body of powerlifting in the UK since the inception of the sport. BWLA (then BAWLA) was a founder member of the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) in 1973 and of the European Powerlifting Federation (EPF) the following year. As the UK’s IPF affiliate, the GBPF can trace its origins back to the earliest days of powerlifting. All GBPF titles and records can be traced back to the beginning of powerlifting.
Drugs in sport
The GBPF is unequivocal in its opposition to drugs in sport and strictly adheres to the IPF and WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) rules. All international lifters have to register with the IPF and are included in their Out of Competition Testing Pool.
The IPF is affiliated to WADA and powerlifting is a World Games sport. The World Games is one level down from the Olympic Games and new sports which aspire to become part of the Olympic Games traditionally do so via the portal of the World Games. In short, if powerlifting becomes an Olympic sport and you aspire to represent your country in the Olympic Games as a powerlifter, the GBPF is the only UK organisation that you should consider.
The GBPF is the only UK powerlifting organisation to have WADA approved drug testing independently carried out. Other UK organisations are either untested or conduct their own tests, which are not in accordance with WADA guidelines.
Many powerlifters do not aspire to represent their country internationally. They look for local competition at divisional level and the opportunity to qualify and lift at British Championship. The GBPF has an unrivalled local network. Wherever you are, there is an active local division nearby, that provides both regular competitive opportunities and, in many cases, a network of skilled and experienced coaches to assist you to achieve your goals.
The GBPF run both equipped and unequipped (in which no supportive equipment other than a belt and wrist wraps may be worn) powerlifting competitions and bench press-only competitions both divisionally and nationally. The IPF now recognise unequipped lifting, which has been renamed Classic
You are never too young or old to make a start in powerlifting. Competitors aged 14 upwards are welcome. Equally, you are never too old. Several 70+ competitors still represent Britain internationally, and many ‘masters’ lifters only take the sport up in their 40s or 50s.
Powerlifting is a great sport with an unrivalled camaraderie which promotes health, strength and vitality. If you decide to take your first steps in the sport, and want to lift in an independently drug tested organisation with an established network of local divisions, choose the GBPF.