Ali Jawad

Paralympic Powerlifter

  • 2010 Commonwealth Athlete
  • 4th 2012 London Paralympic Games
  • 2014 World Champion
  • 2 World Records
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games Bronze
  • 2015 European Champion
  • 2016 Paralympic Silver medal
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games Bronze

Ali moved to the UK at 6 months old from Lebanon. Living in Leeds he previously competed internationally in Judo. In 2009, Ali was diagnosed with incurable inflammatory bowel disease. Due to this illness, he retired from sport.

In 2010 Ali’s career and life was invigorated when he underwent life saving surgery. Just 4 months later, Ali finished 5th at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Ali went on to develop and improve within power lifting, finishing 4th at the London Paraylmpic Games due to a judging error. In one year, he became World Champion, broke the World Record twice, and won a Commonwealth Games Bronze mdeal.

Ali came home from Rio 2016 with a Silver medal and a renewed determination to compete in Tokyo 2020, and we can’t think of anyone who deserved it more. After setting a world first in Rio as a Chrons sufferer, Ali won his second Commonwealth Games medal at the 2018 Games in Australia, showing regardless the weight category, Ali Jawad is a force to be reckoned with on the platform!