Giles Greenwood, Course Director
Giles started training at Colvestone Youth Centre, Hackney in 1983 and competed in his first competition as a fifteen year old in 1986. His competitive career lasted for 16 years during which he represented Great Britain in many international competitions around the world won 10 consecutive British titles (1993-2002), EU medals (1994, 1999) and 5 Commonwealth Games medals including a gold medal for the snatch in 2002.
On retiring from competitive weightlifting in early 2003, Giles promptly lost 4½ stone (“You can’t be a superheavy forever!”) and took a job as weightlifting coach at London’s famous Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club. Bethnal Green was founded in 1926 making it the oldest weightlifting club in the country. Since joining the team at Bethnal Green as head weightlifting coach, Giles has helped his athletes to achieve honours at regional and national junior level but is still awaiting his first British senior title as a coach although a second place by Bethnal Green lifter Luke Dorn in 2010 and a British schoolboy champion in Datinder Sehkri in 2011 promises much.
Although retired from competition, Giles still enjoys lifting weights, although slightly lighter than in the past, and continues to coach weightlifters and athletes of all standards at Bethnal Green.
Giles has used his vast experience to develop the most focused Olympic weightlifting course on the market today. The course meets the needs of the personal trainer or strength and conditioning coach wishing to incorporate the Olympic lifts in their client’s programmes.
Annie Ottey, Senior Course Instructor
Annie has a background in personal training and a BSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Science. She is a UKSCA accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach and a tutor/assessor for Future Fit Training. Annie also delivers Exercise Physiology practicals to sport science students at University of East London.
Annie loves a competition and has previously won the British Indoor Rowing Championships, British Natural Bodybuilding Championships and is currently competing at BWLA Masters and Open weightlifting competitions.
Lee Ottey, Senior Course Instructor
Lee has worked in the fitness industry for over 20 years and is currently lead S&C for UEL Scholarship Programme, National Lead S&C GB Women’s Handball, Consultant S&C for the Women’s National Handball Team of Switzerland (April 2013). Lee is also a UKSCA Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach, BWL Instructor and, of course, a Greenwood Weightlifting Instructor.
Lee has previously competed as a natural bodybuilder with the BNBF and has competed at BWLA regional and national Masters weightlifting competitions.