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MASTERS // 2017 March

QWA Masters Newsletter

MARCH 2017

With one League round already down and just 7 weeks until the World Masters Games, the 2017 competition season is well underway!

If you have any suggestions on how we can make QWA Masters better, please send us an email, we’d love to hear from you.

QWA Masters Committee
Tara Noonan, Callum Hannay, Lawrie Townsend, Barry Harden & Nathan Sainsbury.

Upcoming Events (Masters Highlights)

April 15 WMG2017 Training & Info Session (Milton)
Open to World Masters Games athletes. Facebook Event / RSVP to Coral Quinell
May 27-28 AWF Club Weightlifting / Sports Power Coach Course
Level 1 (Gold Coast).
REGISTER NOW! / Course info / Facebook Event
June 17-18 JME Qld Club Challenge Round 2 (Various Clubs)
No qualifying requirements, contact your local club to enter
August 5-6 Uesaka Barbell Australia Masters League Round 2 (Gold Coast)
Uesaka League qualifying & rules / Registrations open mid-July
August 12 Qld Masters Squad Training (Gold Coast)
Social day, open to all. Register your interest via Facebook
August 26-27 Qld Masters Championships (Toowoomba)
No qualifying requirements. Registrations open late July
2017 World Masters Games

WMG2017 Training Session

AWF Masters Co-ordinator Coral Quinell will be hosting a training & information session for those competing at the World Masters Games in Auckland.

When: Saturday 15 April, 1-3pm
Where: Milton Weightlifting Club, 23 Railway Terrace, Milton
RSVP: Email Coral at masters@awf.com.au

Tara Noonan

Officials, Upgrade Your Skills!

Volunteers are an integral part of our competitions, and this year we'd like to focus on upskilling our current pool of Technical Officials. The QWA would like to encourage all current Club and State referees to aim to achieve the requirements necessary to upgrade.

If you currently hold a Club Referee qualification and would like to upgrade to State level, this involves having officiated a requisite number of comps and a written exam. The Qld Senior Championships on 1-2 April will be an opportunity for State referees to upgrade to National, as in addition to a written exam, a practical exam is required. The pathway for further advancement can be found on the AWF website.

Please contact the QWA Office for more information on upgrading.

The QWA are currently working on moving our Club Referee Education to online training rather than face-to-face. Look out for this after Easter.

Susan Hornick

New National Records

Congratulations to the following athletes who have set new national records!

  • Bronwyn Hitchener (Toowoomba)
  • Dale Donaghue (Sunshine Coast)
  • Susan Hornick (Cougars)
  • Rawena Tairi (Gold Coast)
  • Julie Davis (North Brisbane)
  • Telia Dennis (Stay True)

A special mention goes to Susan Hornick who broke both the bones in her arm last year, was told she'd never lift again, and is now an Australian Masters record holder. How's that for a comeback!

All State and National records are available to view on the AWF website.

Nutritional Needs for Aging Weightlifters by Amie Cox

As we start to age, nutrition for weightlifting becomes even more vital to help increase strength, muscle recovery and prevent our metabolism from rapidly decreasing.

Here are my top 2 tips to help you get the best out of your training...

  1. Consume a good quality protein around 4-5 times a day
    When training 3-4 days a week; your muscles are always in a state of recovery; working to repair to become good quality and strong. If you do not feed your muscles, you will lose them! Consuming one of these every 3-4 hours (and within 1 hour of training) will promote good muscle mass growth and recovery: 100-150g of lean meat/fish; 2-3 eggs; 150g of plain chobani yoghurt; 100g of reduced-fat cottage cheese, smoothies with milk and yoghurt etc. Keep consistent with your protein intake! Feed your muscles the nutrients they so dearly need!
  2. Time carbs around training for optimal recovery
    Carbohydrates are our primary fuel source and need to suit our activity levels. Sources include: fruit; starchy vegetables (potato/corn); pasta, rice, oats and bread. Time your carbs:
    Pre-training for energy to get through your session.
    During training to top up energy stores and allow you to finish your session without excessive fatigue... especially if you are doing 3+ movements!
    Post-training for fuelling muscle mass growth and recovery... extremely important! A protein and carb source after training is essential for muscle recovery. For example: milk & fruit smoothie; oats with milk & ½ serve of protein powder; eggs, toast & fruit, meat & rice.

Refuelling your body after training will reduce muscle fatigue and prevent cravings. The timing of your food is vital for training success!

Amie Cox

Amie Cox is a sports dietitian and weightlifter offering personalised nutritional plans to clients worldwide through her business Target Nutrition. She can assist athletes in making weight for competitions and maintaining healthy weights during training.
Target Nutrition
www.amiestargetnutrition.com

Meet our Masters – Leandra Miscamble

It's no surprise that Leandra is affectionately known as "Miss World", having represented Australia in weightlifting in 13 international competitions over the last 10 years. Leandra competes in the 60-64 age group and trains at the Gold Coast Weightlifting Club.

I fell in love with the sport of Olympic weightlifting at the age of 51 and began my training with a small group of Masters athletes at Nudgee Boys College in Brisbane, making the drive from the Gold Coast twice a week.

I was born and bred between Quilpie and Thargomindah (1,100km west of Brisbane) and in my youth was a GPS sprinter (the 50 yard dash!) and had success in a variety of equestrian events. After participating in dressage, polocrosse, pony club eventing and rodeo sports for so many years, these days I have a little joke to myself and think... "all those years of 'rising to the trot' must have developed my thigh strength for weightlifting!"

In international competition I have represented Australia 13 times. As a group after competing, we holiday and explore the area where we have lifted. These adventures have taken me to some of the most wonderful places in the world.. the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, swimming in the Adriatic Sea in Montenegro, climbing the Giant's Causeway in the far north of Ireland, driving around the mountainous cliffs of Corsica, staying in a small Polish village where their elite weightlifters train full-time, plus the Ukraine, Crimea, Estonia, Latvia, Lituania, Cinque Terre, Cyprus, Denmark, Tokyo... and all because of this sport.

International Masters are an interesting and friendly group of people. We are "like-minded" and have so much fun sharing our common interest. From a personal perspective I relish the time spent with these unique characters.

So what advice does Miss World have for those contemplating international competition?

Make a plan with your coach a year ahead, and put some money aside on a weekly basis to go towards flights and accommodation.

Find out who else from Australia is participating and considering sharing with others, as this can be a really economical way to travel.

Don't get anxious about lifting on the international stage... it's the same platform, the same bar, the same weights. Nothing changes wherever you are in the world!

We wish Leandra all the best for the 2017 World Masters Games next month where she'll be adding Auckland to that impressive list!

Leandra Miscamble

Get Well Vicki Brady

Vicki Brady

Many of you will know Vicki Brady (Australian record holder, 70-74) who is currently recovering from a bone fracture. Last weekend a group of Masters lifters made a trip to visit Vicki to cheer her up (champagne included!) and deliver a card signed by the weightifting community.

Our thoughts are with you Vicki!

Published on 1 Mar 17 - 14:38

MASTERS // 2017 February

QWA Masters Newsletter

FEBRUARY 2017

We hope your training for the new year is off to a great start! If you have any suggestions on how we can make QWA Masters better, please send us an email, we’d love to hear from you.

The 2017 IWF Rule Book is now available online, please note the changes to the width of bandages at wrists.

We hope to see you all out in force at Round 1 of the Uesaka QWA Masters League at the end of the month. Happy lifting!

QWA Masters Committee
Callum Hannay, Tara Noonan, Lawrie Townsend, Barry Harden & Nathan Sainsbury.

Upcoming Events (Masters Highlights)

February 25-26 Uesaka Barbell Australia Masters League Round 1 (Cougars)
REGISTER NOW! / Qualifying & rules / FB Event / Entries close 12 Feb
April 21-30 IWF World Masters Championships
& World Masters Games (Auckland, NZ)
REGISTER NOW! / Qualifying info / Entries close 3 March
May 27-28 AWF Club Weightlifting / Sports Power Coach Course
Level 1 (Gold Coast).
REGISTER NOW! / Course info / Facebook Event
August 5-6 Uesaka Barbell Australia Masters League Round 2 (Gold Coast)
Uesaka League qualifying & rules / Registrations open mid-July
August 12 Qld Masters Squad Training (Gold Coast)
Social day, open to all. Register your interest via Facebook
August 26-27 Qld Masters Championships (Toowoomba)
No qualifying requirements. Registrations open late July

World Masters Registration Extended!

2017 World Masters Games

The qualification period for the 2017 World Masters Games in Auckland has been extended to 3 March. This gives you Uesaka League Round 1 on Feb 25/26 as an additional opportunity to meet the qualifying total.

Read the Event Info Guide here

If you have registered, follow AWF Masters on Facebook for updates on team selection, uniforms etc. Information will be sent to registrants regarding coaches for the event. Athletes may appoint a personal coach or elect for a coach to be assigned to them.

Please send any questions directly to Coral Quinell at masters@awf.com.au

JME Qld Club Challenge - Round 1

Congratulations to the masters who made their competition debut at Round 1 of the JME Qld Club Challenge over the weekend. Full results from all clubs are available here.

Round 2 of the JME Qld Club Challenge will take place on 17 & 18 June. There are no additional entry requirements - contact your club directly to enter.

2017 Gold Coast Masters Weightlifting

Taking the plunge into competition...

Competing for the first time in weightlifting can be a daunting task. For some, the thought of competing sends shivers down their spine and for others it awakens the competitive beast within!

This month, three masters have shared with us their “First Competition” stories...

Rawena - I entered my first competition with just 6 weeks training under my belt. I didn’t completely understand the ins and outs, all I did was go out and lift the bar. Following myself into the next lift I was prompted by Linzey... “Stop high fiving everyone and go do your lift!” Spice Girls were playing in the background and I didn’t want it to stop! Achieving 6/6 lifts I was stoked and really enjoyed the feeling of competing. The first thing I thought once it was over was “When is the next one!”

Romi - My first competition was at GCWC. I didn’t feel nervous but being new to the sport I wasn’t sure what I was doing. I had so much fun but when it was finished I thought to myself “Thank goodness its over!”

CoralMy first weightlifting competition was the Masters Nationals in Adelaide 2001. I was 43 years old and I remember having to lose 3.5kgs to make body weight so spent quite some time in the sauna! I felt lost and out of my depth even after the lifting was over... but to my delight I won the Silver!

For tips on competing for the first time, read Tara's article over on the Torian blog - What to expect at your first weightlifting competition

Meet our Masters – Lawrie Townsend

Lawrie began weightlifting in the early 70’s at the age of 23 at the Melbourne YMCA, where 7 of the 9 lifters were Australian Champions and he was told he was too old!

He was involved in competition for a few years, but found it difficult to juggle training and work commitments. After relocating to Brisbane to study, Lawrie was given a second chance at the sport he loved, which coincided with the time when Masters weightlifting was launched internationally.

Lawrie has competed at the majority of IWF Masters Championships in the last 20 years, and until 2016 held the role of Australian Vice Chair on the IWF Masters Committee.

An experienced physiotherapist, Lawrie has a keen interest in the positive aspects weightlifting has on the human body in terms of aerobic fitness, mobility and muscle tone; the three most important physical components to ageing.

Since retiring from private practice Lawrie has more time to concentrate on training, and share his great passion for Masters weightlifting with local athletes. He is a valuable asset to the Qld Masters community and we are incredibly fortunate to have him on our committee to share his wealth of knowledge.

If you have a question for Lawrie you'd like answered in our next newsletter, please send us an email.

Lawrie Townsend

Special Offer for QWA Masters

This month we have partnered with Old Man Strength, a new Australian apparel brand and online community catering exclusively for the over 35's. The website features various styles of men's clothing and a blog with some fantastic articles suitable for everyone on topics such as motivation, mindset and some of the physical challenges masters athletes face as we age.

We have a special offer for all QWA Masters.. enter the code QWAmembers upon checkout and receive 25% off your order!

www.oldmanstrength.com.au

Published on 23 Jan 17 - 14:32

MASTERS // 2017 January

QWA Masters Newsletter

JANUARY 2017

Happy New Year! We are excited to bring you the first edition of the QWA Masters Newsletter, with all the information you need to prepare for the 2017 competition year.

This month we get to know Masters Committee member Callum Hannay; Leandra Miscamble gives us a wrap up of the Uesaka QWA Masters League Grand Final; and Lawrie gives us some insights into the IWF Masters.

If you have any suggestions on how we can make QWA Masters better, please send us an email, we’d love to hear from you.

Happy lifting!

QWA Masters Committee
Lawrie Townsend, Callum Hannay, Tara Noonan, Barry Harden & Nathan Sainsbury.

Upcoming Events (Masters Highlights)

January 27-29 JME Qld Club Challenge Round 1 (Various Clubs)
No qualifying requirements, contact your local club to enter
February 25-26 Uesaka Barbell Australia Masters League Round 1 (Cougars)
Uesaka League qualifying & rules. Registrations open mid-February
April 21-30 IWF World Masters Championships
& World Masters Games (Auckland, NZ)
World Masters qualifying info. Registrations close 31 January
May 27-28 AWF Club Weightlifting / Sports Power Coach Course
Level 1 (Gold Coast).
Course details & registration info. Facebook Event
August 5-6 Uesaka Barbell Australia Masters League Round 2 (Gold Coast)
Uesaka League qualifying & rules. Registrations open mid-July
August 12 Qld Masters Squad Training (Gold Coast)
Social day, open to all. Register your interest via Facebook
August 26-27 Qld Masters Championships (Toowoomba)
No qualifying requirements. Registrations open late July

2017 World Masters Games - Auckland

2017 World Masters Games

A reminder for athletes planning to compete at the 2017 World Masters Games in Auckland in April, the qualifying period ends on 31 January 2017, making Round 1 of the JME Qld Club Challenge your last chance to register a qualifying total.

Read the Weightlifting Info Guide here

If you have already registered, be sure to follow AWF Masters on Facebook for updates and information on team selection, uniforms etc.

Please send any questions directly to Coral Quinell at masters@awf.com.au

2017 Masters Weightlifting - Gold Coast

2017 Gold Coast Masters Weightlifting

The flagship event on the QWA Masters calendar, the 2017 Australian & Oceania Masters Weightlifting Championships, Pacific Rim Masters Tournament and Masters World Cup will be held at the Mantra on View Hotel in Surfers Paradise, between 27 – 30 October.

This is an incredible opportunity for Queensland Masters lifters to compete at an international event on home soil. There is no qualifying total required to enter, however athletes must contest a minimum of two AWF Sanctioned Events listed on the 2017 AWF Calendar during the qualifying period 1 Jan 2017 to 27 Aug 2017.

Registrations are now open. For more information and to register, visit http://2017mastersopw.com.

Comp Round Up
2016 QWA Masters League Final by Leandra Miscamble

Saturday 19 November saw 18 finalists come together at Milton Weightlifting Club to contest the 2016 Uesaka QWA Masters League Grand Final. Records tumbled lift after lift and everyone had their eye on a podium finish!

Tara Noonan (Brisbane Barbell Club) was outstanding on the day. Breaking all Qld records, she lifted with power and finesse coming out the women’s champion. Kelly Tumata (Gold Coast Weightlifting Club) performed with confidence setting a new Australian record with her final clean & jerk and taking out second place. Third place went to Bronwyn Hitchener (Toowoomba Weightlifting Association) who is always a class act and pushes herself to her limits in competition. She provided the audience with great entertainment falling into the arms of a handsome bar loader in her last lift. Meg Emerton (Southside Storm) was fierce and powerful, breaking 3 Qld records “wowing” the crowd.

Rob Davison (Alive Barbell Club) lifted with great exuberance and the crowd enjoyed his mischievous demeanour. The snatch competition had him well ahead and he secured first place with a comfortable 117 clean & jerk saying “bring it on boys” to the rest of the competition. Colin Schram (Alive Barbell Club) gave us all a scare missing his first two clean & jerks and then.... went up for his final lift to secure second place. Gutsy work! Big John Brown (Brisbane Barbell Club) was consistent with 6/6 and placed third for a great final.

Bobby Johnson (Southside Storm) was as usual “Mr. Consistent” coming away with three new state records and 4th place on the day.

It was fantastic to see so many new faces participating in the grand final this year, indicating that our sport is alive and well! Thank you to the coaches who travelled on the day, and to all the volunteers that have given up their time to help throughout the year.. a HUGE thank you! It is wonderful to see this dedication to the over 35’s!

In 2017 the Uesaka Barbell Australia QWA Masters League Final will be held at Brisbane Barbell Club on Sat 25 November. Here’s all you need to know to qualify...

Masters Insights by Lawrie Townsend

Over the years, the IWF have shown little interest in Masters and have largely left the IWF Masters Committee to develop and evolve our sport without any assistance or intrusion. However, I attended a meeting with the IWF President Dr. Tamas Ajan and his Board members in Russia to discuss Masters and one of their demands was to change the age grouping from 5 years to 10 years in order to reduce the number of medals and age brackets.

A prominent Masters lifter and American Professor, David Melzer, researched past results of lifters who competed at IWF World Masters Championships and found that every 5 years a lifter’s strength declines around 8%. That means a lifter who lifts 100kg can expect to lift 92kgs in 5 years. As you see, there is an advantage when competing at the commencement of an age category but extending to 10 years would mean a 16% decline which is simply unfair. Fortunately, the IWF appreciated the disadvantage and the issue has not been raised since but the research will be interesting to most Masters weightlifters.

I am now a little more accepting of Mel Irwin’s once heard comment “if a master lifts the same weight as last year then he is doing well”!

Get Well Vicky!

Our thoughts go out to one of our most inspiring Qld Masters lifters, Australian record holder (70-74) Vicky Brady who is nursing a broken femur.

Wishing you a speedy recovery Vicky!

Vicky Brady

Meet our Masters – Callum Hannay

Callum had been doing for crossfit for 3 months before attending a lifting workshop back in the early days when the Gold Coast Weightlifting Club was run from Linzey’s garage. After fighting with an empty bar for a few months, he fell in love with weightlifting and has been on the coaching team at GCWC since completing a 12-month internship in 2013.

An avid competitor, Callum was involved in Muay Thai for 5 years, winning a QLD and Australian title along the way. In 2016 he placed second at the Australian Masters Weightlifting Championships and hopes to continue chasing that first place down!

Callum brings his coaching expertise to the QWA Masters Committee, and he would like to see Masters recognised and represented as well as the other divisions. “We’re a highly motivated bunch with some massive goals!”.

When not coaching weightlifting, you’ll find Callum sampling the latest boutique craft beers.

Callum Hannay
Published on 3 Jan 17 - 11:05