USA Weightlifting

Phil Andrews


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Our guest this episode is Phil Andrews, CEO of USA Weightlifting.

Under his leadership the sport has been driven into the limelight, increasing professional and grassroots support for all genders. He has put inclusivity, safety and sporting success right at the heart of his tenure as leader over the last 8 years.

Phil has been entrepreneurial since his teen years. He talks us through his early business exploits, including negotiating with EMI’s head office and using his street commercial acumen to turn a profit in music memorabilia.


You wouldn’t have expected, based upon my school history, necessarily, me to be leading a sports organisation.


I’ve always been someone who’s gotten interested in something and really got involved, and got involved heavily.


I ended up getting a little bit burned out. Ice hockey is what I really love to watch and do as a hobby, and it got to the point where I wasn’t enjoying it anymore.


It is a challenge, in smaller NGBs, to get really good financial sponsors.


We can’t sit around and wait for anybody else to believe in us. We have to go out there and do it ourselves.

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