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QWA Newsletter - February 2015

25 February 2015

Sponsorship News
The QWA is pleased to announce the continuing support of the Queensland Government and JME Weightlifting & Fitness Equipment; as well as the addition of some new sponsors in 2015.

The Queensland Government will provide $89,800 to the QWA in 2015, as we embark on the second year of our current three-year funding agreement under the terms of the Queensland Sport & Recreation Industry Development Program.

For over 20 years, the QWA has sought and received funding from the Queensland Government to support and grow the organisation’s capacity to deliver weightlifting throughout the state. Although the amounts have varied from year to year, the total value of the Qld Government’s financial support of weightlifting in the past 20 years amounts to more than one million dollars.

JME Weightlifting & Fitness Equipment will once again sponsor the JME Queensland Club Challenge series with prizes for the top 5 Clubs in 2015. This year, “The JME” will be bigger than ever, with a host of new clubs entering the competition for the first time.

Uesaka Barbell Australia has given the QWA a full competition barbell set, including a men’s bar and women’s bar, as sponsorship of the popular QWA League series for 2015 and 2016. The Uesaka barbell set will be used at all Uesaka Barbell Australia QWA League & Masters League competitions and at the end of the sponsorship period, full ownership of this top-of-the-line International standard Uesaka competition gear will transfer to the QWA and it will continue to serve the needs of members for many years to come.

AlphaFit has come on board this year with a cash sponsorship to partner up with the QWA and present the 2015 AlphaFit Queensland Senior & Junior Championships.

And OLYFIT has also taken up a cash sponsorship opportunity and will display their range of top quality apparel at QWA events.

Uesaka Barbell Australia QWA League & Masters League Round 1
The 2015 competition season kicked off with 140 competitors in Round 1 of the Uesaka Barbell Australia QWA League & Masters League, at the Cougars Weightlifting Club, Chandler, on 21 & 22 February.

Among the field of competitors were 40 first-timers and their introduction to weightlifting competitions was made in good company, as many of the more experienced lifters put in solid performances for the start of the year. Thirty–three new Queensland records and eight new Australian records were set in this competition; and 66 competitors achieved new Personal Best results.

 

Erika Ropati-Frost sets a new 58kg category Qld Senior Record with 101kg

Unfortunately, some entrants from central and northern Queensland were unable to make it down to Brisbane last weekend due to the effects of Tropical Cyclone Marcia, but they will have plenty of opportunities to get into the game at other State and Club events, as the year progresses.

CLICK HERE  for the full results of the Uesaka Barbell Australia QWA League & Masters League Round 1

North Queensland Open
Entries are rolling in for the North Queensland Open at the Mates4Mates Centre in Townsville, on 21st March. The Townsville Weightlifting Club is hosting a training day this weekend to help Club members prepare for the upcoming event. The inaugural North Queensland Open will feature lifters from Clubs in Cairns, Townsville, Whitsunday and Mackay.

The competition will be run in age categories, with medals for:
1st, 2nd and 3rd Youth Male
1st, 2nd and 3rd Youth Female
1st, 2nd and 3rd Junior Male
1st, 2nd and 3rd Junior Female
1st, 2nd and 3rd Senior Male
1st, 2nd and 3rd Senior Female
1st, 2nd and 3rd Master Male
1st, 2nd and 3rd Master Female

And trophies for the Best Male Lifter and Best Female Lifter, overall.

Entries close on Sunday 8th March.

CLICK HERE  for the entry form as a Word doc fill-in form
CLICK HERE  here for the entry form as a PDF doc

JME Queensland Club Challenge
The first round of the JME Queensland Club Challenge for 2015 will take place on 20th – 21st March. More than 20 Clubs have registered interest in “The JME” this year and it’s going to be a hotly contested series.

This year, each Club’s final score will be the sum of their best three scores from any of the four rounds. This is similar to the Uesaka Barbell Australia QWA League scoring system and it means that if, for example, a Club misses a round, or their athletes aren’t ready to lift heavy on that particular day, they can still be competitive within the four-round series. With so much weightlifting going on at Club, State, National and International level, this small change might just take a little bit of the pressure off lifters and Clubs.

QWA Squad
The QWA will launch a State Squad program next month with the first Squad meeting on Saturday 7th March.

The initial Squad will consist of 30 athletes, made up of the top 15 Seniors ranked according to the AWF International Grade standard; the top 10 Juniors ranked according to the AWF A Grade standard; and the top 5 Youths ranked according to the AWF B Grade standard. The Squad will be reviewed in six months and reconstituted as above. That means that some lifters might move out of the squad to make way for other lifters who have achieved a higher ranking by June.

The main purpose of the Squad meetings is to bring Queensland’s best lifters together in a supportive environment where they are encouraged to train hard and achieve more, with guidance and feedback provided by a group of experienced coaches, including their own personal coach.

Squad meetings will also provide athletes and coaches with information and instruction on a variety of important topics. Following training at the first Squad meeting, there will be a workshop on Core Conditioning presented by expert trainers from Gymnastics Method.

New Regulations for Queensland Championships
From 2015 onwards, all competitors in the following events must present photo identification at the weigh-in:
Queensland Youth & Under 15 Championships
Queensland Senior & Junior Championships
Queensland Masters Championships

For the Queensland Senior & Junior Championships, the competitor’s outfit must comply with the regulations of the International Weightlifting Federation:

COSTUME
Athletes must wear a weightlifting costume which complies with the fol¬lowing criteria:
must be one piece
must be collarless
may be of any colour
must not cover the elbows
must not cover the knees

A unitard may be worn under the costume. The unitard must comply with the following criteria:
must be one piece or two pieces (full body)
must be tight fitting
must be collarless
may cover elbows and knees
may be of any colour
no pattern or design permitted

A T-shirt may be worn under the costume. The T-shirt must comply with the following criteria:
must be collarless
must not cover the elbows
may be of any colour

Shorts may be worn under or over the costume. Shorts must comply with the following criteria:
must be tight fitting
must not cover the knees
may be of any colour

A T-shirt and shorts cannot be worn instead of the costume.

These rules apply for all National and International weightlifting events and the purpose of promoting  them at the Queensland Senior & Junior Championships is to prepare lifters to compete at higher levels.

For all other QWA competitions, such as the Uesaka Barbell Australia QWA League, the QWA allows a two-piece costume consisting of close-fitting shorts, plus a close-fitting T-shirt or singlet that covers the torso and does not cover the elbows.

 

 

Published on 25 Feb 15 - 15:10

Amended entry list - Uesaka Barbell Australia QWA League Round 1

Dear Member,

A few entries went to the wrong email address and these have now been added to the start lists for the Uesaka Barbell Australia QWA League Round 1.

The QWA is taking steps to ensure that emailed entries don't go astray in the future, but please note that emails such as this one are distributed via the QWA website and have a "no reply" return address.

CLICK HERE  for the updated preliminary entry list and competition schedule for the Uesaka Barbell Australia QWA League & Masters League Round 1.

DO YOU WANT TO LIFT AT A DIFFERENT TIME? Entrants in Uesaka Barbell Australia QWA League Rounds may change sessions if they wish, on the following conditions:

After the publication of the competition schedule & preliminary entries and before 5:00pm on Monday 16th February, entrants in this competition will be permitted to swap sessions with one another, provided that the following conditions are met:

Both entrants must be the same gender;
They must arrange the swap between themselves (the QWA can not provide a ‘match-making’ service);

They must both agree to the swap and notify the QWA office by COB on the Monday before the competition.

Example 1:
A male lifter is scheduled to compete in a session on Saturday morning but would prefer to compete on Saturday afternoon. Another male lifter is scheduled to compete in a session on Saturday afternoon but would prefer to compete on Saturday morning. By mutual agreement, the two lifters can swap sessions, provided that they notify the QWA office before 5:00pm on Monday 16th Feb.

Example 2:
A female lifter is scheduled to compete on Saturday but would prefer to compete on Sunday. Another female lifter is scheduled to compete on Sunday but would prefer to compete on Saturday. By mutual agreement, the two lifters can swap competition sessions/days, provided that they notify the QWA office before 5:00pm on Monday 16th Feb.

Published on 12 Feb 15 - 17:02

Uesaka Barbell Australia sponsors QWA League Series

While the finishing touches are being put to the formal contract, we can announce with great pleasure that, thanks to the stirling efforts of the QWA Sponsorship Committee, Uesaka Barbell Australia has agreed to sponsor the QWA League & Masters League competition for the next two years.

The QWA's most popular competition series is now the Uesaka Barbell Australia QWA League & Masters League. More information about Uesaka Barbell Australia's support of the QWA will be released shortly, but in the meantime, we're getting set for Round 1 of the Uesaka Barbell Australia QWA League & Masters League which will be the biggest State level weightlifting competition ever held in Queensland.

At the final count, 155 entries were received for this competition, being held at the Cougars Weightlifting Club on 21st & 22nd February.  It's going to be a huge weekend of lifting and all the action will be streamed live on the QWA YouTube channel.

Click the links below for more information.

Uesaka Barbell Australia QWA League & Masters League Round 1 preliminary entries and schedule

Live competition webcast

Published on 11 Feb 15 - 16:24

North Qld Open 21st March 2015

The 2015 North Queensland Open will be held at the Mates4Mates Centre, 40 Anne Street (enter via Casey St), Aitkenvale, Townsville, on Saturday 21st March.

This is a new event on the QWA calendar and one that will attract competitors from across the region, from Mackay to Cairns.

Click one of the links below for the competition information and entry form:

NQ Open Info & Entry Form - Word fill-in doc

NQ Open Info & Entry Form - PDF

Entries close Sunday 8th March.

All competitors must be members of the Queensland Weightlifting Association.

CLICK HERE  for a QWA membership form.

Published on 3 Feb 15 - 12:33

QWA League 2015 Begins on 21st February

This year's QWA League & Masters League will commence with Round 1 at the Cougars Weightlifting Club, Chandler, on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd February.

CLICK HERE  for an entry form in Word fill-in format

CLICK HERE  for an entry form in PDF

Entries close on Friday 6th February.

CLICK HERE  for the QWA League Rules

CLICK HERE  for the QWA Masters League Rules

CLICK HERE  for the 2015 League Classifications to find out which Division you're in

CLICK HERE  for a QWA Membership application form

Published on 29 Jan 15 - 15:00

 

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