Meet the new exec members! The exec committee is a team of volunteers who have been elected to run the division.
Carole O’Neil – YNE Chair:
I stumbled across powerlifting quite by accident, after finding a love of lifting for general fitness / aesthetic reasons. After doing my first competition (the YNEPF Novice) in late 2017, I was well and truly hooked. During an 18 month assignment for work, I was lucky enough to compete with the newly-established IPF affiliate in Australia who, having only recently been set up, had much lower QTs than we have here. This gave me the opportunity to compete at international level (something that I can only dream of doing at home), and brought me great experiences, as well as some new friends for life! I'm excited to work with the rest of our awesome Exec team now that I am home, to build on our division's great reputation!
Sam Cadman - YNE Secretary:
Hello! Where to start?! I've been actively part of powerlifting since my birthday in 2016! I lift at Doncaster All Rounders and wouldn't have gotten this far without them! I started as a junior and entered my first competition after lifting for just 12 weeks! Signed, sealed and delivered I caught the bug! I went on to volunteering at every competition and just wanted to know more. Refereeing was always an interest of mine and I was lucky enough to pass my divisional refs exam in 2018 and progressed to national in 2020. Hoping to make a difference to the team and help in any way, shape or form! 'All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them' Walt Disney.
Lisa Liddy - YNE Records Registrar
I have been a member of YNE for over six years now, and entered my first competition in April 2015. I have competed in every British Masters Classic since 2016 and currently hold the YNE M1 -72kg bench record with a press of 80kg. After volunteering on the table for most of my first year, I joined the executive as Records Registrar in December 2015.
Joanne Barnes - YNE DCO:
I've been a member of Doncaster Allrounders and YNE for 10 years. I have been lucky enough to win 8 British titles, 2 classic and 6 equipped. I have lifted at European and World Equipped Championships for team GB, with an overall silver at Euros and bronze at Worlds being my best results. I passed my IPF Cat 2 referee exam in 2018 and am happy to be able to give back to our amazing sport.
Amanda Howes – YNE Equipment Manager:
I started powerlifting in 2019 and fell in love with the sport instantly. I competed in my first powerlifting competition with Ynepf in July 2019, achieving first place in the +84kg division. And I have been competing ever since. I own & run a small private PT studio at home and love introducing lifting into peoples lives.
Gemma Surtees - YNE Treasurer:
I started powerlifting in November 2015 and have loved it ever since. I have competed in two national competitions (including the women’s British championships) as well as a few YNE divisionals. I am taking over the role of Treasurer on the committee and I’m hoping my full time job as a Chartered Accountant (and Auditor) will help me with this.