BRUSSELS WEIGHTLIFTING SCHOOL Weightlifting, powerlifting and physical preparation school in Ixelles/Watermael-Boitsfort

Our team

Olympic Games Tokyo Anna Vanbellinghen snatch 97


Founder and President of BWS - Head of coaching and programming

High level sportswoman under ADEPS contract and certified ADEPS Instructor-Initiator 

Professional weightlifter with an impressive track record including: World and European Championships and Tokyo Olympic Games, European Vice-Champion 2019.  Read more

Marianne Saarhelo WWC2021



Finnish professional weightlifter

World and European Championships  Read more

Dirk HSPC cropped



Certified Sport Vlaanderen Instructor-Initiator.

He has been at BWS for over 4 years and realized his best performance during a friendly competition at the SCNeuilly (France) in 2022, with a total of 251 (109 + 142).

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Adrien dubus


Founding member of BWS

Physiotherapist and osteopath  Read more


Lisa Vuylsteker Lift.n.stretch Coach sportive spécialisée en force mobilité et souplesse


Personal trainer specialized in mobility, strength and flexibility

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Martijn Verhagen - born 11 July 95 - Senior - Dutch - Martijn achieves his best performance at an interclub competition in Lasne in 2022 with total of 240kg (105+135)

Isabelle Genot - Master 60 - Silver medalist at the European Master Championships in 2021 in Alkmaar (Netherlands). She achieved a total of 91 (39+52) at the 2021 Belgian Master Championships adding 6kg to her record only 2 months later at the BWS intimate tournament (42+55)

Alea Fairchild - born on June 28, 1964 - Master 55 regularly medalist at the European Masters Championships - Gold medalist at the Asia Pacific Games 2018 - recordwoman of her age category

And many others. You can find more information on our Blog.


Brussels Weightlifting School also has many official FRBPH referees in its ranks:

  • Anna Vanbellinghen
  • Isabelle Genot
  • Alea Fairchild (also an IWF referee)
  • Dirck Verreycken
  • Martijn Verhagen
  • Mathilde Denayer
  • Michael Verbeken
  • Melissa Claudio
Official weightlifting referee Belgium

President: Anna Vanbellinghen

Secretary: Isabelle Genot

Treasurer: Isabelle Genot

Head of Coaching & Programming: Anna Vanbellinghen

Marketing & Communication: Mathilde Denayer

Strategy Officer: Dirk Verreycken

Statistics Officer: Michael Verbeken

Référent éthique : Dirk Verreycken