2014 Oceania Senior, Junior and Youth Championships
(Continental Olympic Youth Qualification Event)
Mont Dore - New Caledonia 25 – 31 May, 2014
The Australian team arrived in the very early hours of the morning to the idyllic location of Noumea, New Caledonia for the Oceania weightlifting Championships. The competition was held at the Oceania Weightlifting institute that’s run by Paul & Lilly Coffa and was a wonderful venue to host the championships. The championships were the last qualifying event for a few countries Commonwealth Games team hopefuls and also the Youth Olympic Games qualifier, so the competition was going to be intense.
A large number of Queenslanders were included in the Australian contingent that went over to New Caledonia with a total of 14 athletes, 7 coaches and 1 IT support person and the results of the team were tremendous. Three Queensland athletes made their international debut at this event –Maddie Wu, Leo Lark and Harrison Gaffney.
After a few days settling in to the beach front views, tropical island climate and learning a few words of French, the competition began with the women’s 44/48kg category session. We got off to a great start with Robin Parr securing our first two medals taking home the silver in the youth and the bronze in the junior women’s competition. Next up was the men’s 50/56kg category session where Harrison Gaffney made his international debut snatching 58kgs and clean & jerking 77kgs for a total of 135, finishing him in 6th spot. A very tidy performance for his first time lifting at a big international competition.
Next was the 53/58kgs session which had 3 Queensland lifters in it with Tegan Napper in the senior 53’s, Erika Ropati-Frost in the senior 58’s and Maddie Wu making her international debut in both the youth and junior 58’s. Maddi added to the medal tally by winning our first two gold’s in both the youth and the juniors. An outstanding achievement for her first international performance. Tegan Napper was successful with 6/6 lifts and a personal best with a 160kg total which was enough to secure a bronze early on in the senior 53’s. This was one of the highlight sessions of the week with a strong battle going on between Erika and fellow AUS lifter Socheata Be, both in the 58s. Both were successful with all three snatches however Socheata had a 1kg lead over Erika going into the clean and jerk. In the end, it came down to Erika needing a personal best lift to beat Socheata and she managed to do this with a huge 99kg clean and jerk, winning the silver medal with a personal best total of 176kgs.
The final session of the day was the 62kg men which brought out another QLD lifter Josh Wu. Josh had an uneven lead up into this competition due to injury, but he pulled out a great performance to take home the junior bronze medal with a total of 198kgs.
Day two of the competition saw six more Queenslanders compete. First up was the 63kg women’s session in which Haley Ward was competing as both a youth and a junior. Hayley secured a bronze medal in the youth with a personal best 114kg total. Next up was the 69kg men’s session which included seasoned junior athlete James Norman. James lifted a personal best snatch of 96kg and finished with a 218kg total which finished him in 4th, narrowly missing out on bronze.
The next session was the women’s 69kg category. This had Queenslander Michelle Kahi. This was Michelle’s first international competition since taking a few years off from the sport and she made a great return by winning the silver medal in the juniors with a 174kg total. It was also good to see New Zealand Representative Andrea Miller lifting well in this session. Andrea trains at the Cougars club in Queensland and she achieved New PB’s and broke a New Zealand record on the day.
The final session of the day was the men’s 77kg category which also had two Queenslanders, Jake Radcliffe and Leo Lark competing in both the junior and senior men’s. This was Leo’s international debut and also only his third ever weightlifting competition. Jake is another lifter who was making a return to international competition after sitting out for a number of years. Jake and Leo battled it out for an equal 230kg total and Leo winning the silver, beating Jake on body weight. Jake finished 3rd in the junior men and 8th in the senior men with a 230kg total.
Day three of the competition had just two Queenslanders, Jake Daniels and Shane Wagner. Jake was up first in the 85kg session competing in both the junior and the senior men’s. Jake finished in 3rd place in the juniors and 5th in the seniors with a personal best snatch, clean and jerk and total of253kg. Shane was the last Queenslander of the day and finished it off with a gold medal in the junior men’s with a personal best snatch of 107kg and 238kg total.
The final day of competition saw dual Olympian 75kg+ lifter Deborah Acason take to the platform. Deb put in a great performance and managed a silver medal with a 237 total.
Notably absent from the Championships were Damon Kelly and Robert Galsworthy, who opted out of the Australian Team on this occasion to ensure a full recovery from minor injuries, as they prepare for the Commonwealth Games in 8 weeks’ time.
At this year’s Oceania Championships, Queensland lifters contributed 14 medals to the Australian Team’s tally. Well done to all athletes and coaches.
Published on 19 Jun 14 - 16:19
2013 QWA League & Masters League Grand Final
The QWA’s League competition consist of four preliminary rounds held during the year, leading to a Grand Final which usually takes place in November. Lifters accumulate points when they compete in the rounds and the top five in each Division qualify for a place in the Grand Final.
This year, as always, Grand Final day began with the Masters session. The five women and five men in this group launched the event in fine style with very few failed attempts. The competition lead changed many times, up until Coral Quinell set the highest score on her last clean & jerk, leaving Bronwyn Hitchener as the final challenger. Having set a new Masters Record in the snatch, Bronwyn called for 70kg for her third clean & jerk to win. Unfortunately for Bronwyn, this was her only “no lift” of the day and Coral remained in number 1 spot.
Coral Quinell (Milton), winner of the 2013 QWA Masters Women’s League
Bronwyn Hitchener (Toowoomba), 2nd place
Lesley Moyle (North Brisbane), 3rd Place
In the Masters Men’s competition, Trevor Walz set a cracking pace that none of the other competitors could match, eventually succeeding with all attempts and posting the highest score. Barry Harden settled into second place at the end of his run, but at that stage, Michael Teede still had a couple of attempts up his sleeve. First place was out of Michael’s reach, so he set his sights on second and called for a 9kg increase to 117kg for his final attempt. Michael cleaned the weight strongly but wasn’t able to complete the jerk.
Trevor Walz (Sunshine Coast), winner of the 2013 QWA Masters Men’s League
Barry Harden (Sunshine Coast), 2nd Place
Michael Teede (CrossFit Foxes), 3rd Place
QWA League Grand Final
In the QWA League Grand Final, lifters compete within four Divisions and the winner of each Division is awarded a cash prize and the chance to double their winnings in a head-to-head bonus round.
One of the five finalists had withdrawn from Division 1 the day before, leaving four contenders for the title, including a veteran of numerous League Grand Finals, Luke Gardner, National Senior Championships bronze medallist Ben Shaw, and Australian Junior Team members Jake Daniels and James Norman.
Ben Shaw performed faultlessly to win by a comfortable margin, but he aggravated a niggling injury in the process which eventually made him decide not to contest the lift-off later in the day. By that time, Jake Daniels, who had finished second in the group, was at home more than 100km away and he declined the offer to return for the “Lift-Off”. So Luke Gardner agreed to sub in as the Division 1 contestant for the bonus round.
Division 1 winner Benjamin Shaw
This was another four-cornered contest, with Dale Finlayson being the thorn among the roses – Bonnie Sleeman, Jenny Butler and Stacy Koh.
As in Division 1, the lifter who secured all attempts came out on top. Although Jenny Butler set new Australian Masters Records, Dale Finlayson achieved six good lifts and a new personal best snatch to win.
Division 2 winner: Dale Finlayson (Alive Barbell Club)
This group delivered the closest competition of all the Divisional Finals. Hayley Ward, Pat Galligan, Jake Ratcliffe and Doug Higginson didn’t miss a beat in the snatch segment. James Pakchung suffered a setback when he failed his third snatch, but even that didn’t put him far behind and he stayed ahead of the pack through the clean & jerks, right up until the last attempt of the competition.
Jake Ratcliffe’s campaign faltered when he became light headed after standing out of the clean on his last two attempts and failed to complete either of them. Pat Galligan lifted consistently and achieved new personal bests in snatch, clean & jerk and total, picking up the maximum number of bonus points. James was sitting in 1st place with only Doug Higginson left to finish and Doug punched out a solid 131kg clean & jerk to take the title.
Division 3 winner: Doug Higginson (Cougars)
None of the four lifters in the Division 4 final had much more than a year’s experience on the platform and new personal bests were the order of the day for this group. Josh Mak, Keya Woodland and Nadine Newbery all missed one attempt in the snatch, giving Mike Ward an advantage that he capitalised on and maintained through to the end of the competition. Mike didn’t put a foot wrong and was able to stick to his plan, eventually taking out Division 4.
Division 4 winner: Michael Ward (Gold Coast)
And so the competition moved on into the Bonus Round. This is where the four lifters choose either snatch or clean & jerk; begin with 90% of their Personal Best; and lift in turn while the weights are progressively increased by 2.5% in each round until there is only one lifter left who hasn’t failed an attempt.
Dale, Luke and Michael chose to perform the clean & jerk; and Doug chose the snatch. With the lifting order set by the competitor’s scores from the Divisional Finals, Dale started things off with 117kg, followed by Luke on 152kg, then Mike at 99kg and finally Doug on 96kg to complete the first round. All four moved through the next two rounds without a fall. Luke Gardner was the first one out, at 100% which equated to 169kg.
Dale, Mike and Doug all completed their 100% attempts, but Dale and Mike couldn’t get past that mark, missing their 102% attempts in the next round. This made Doug the winner and he could have called it a day right there, but with nothing to lose, he decided to take one more lift and with that final attempt, the QWA League which had begun in February was over for another year.
CLICK HERE for the Masters League Results
CLICK HERE for the QWA League Results
Published on 21 Nov 13 - 16:59
Seventeen Queensland Records were broken on Saturday at the Queensland All Schools Championships and more than half of the young competitors achieved new Personal Best results. This year, the Championships were held at the Cougars Weightlifting Club, in Brisbane's Sleeman Sports Complex.
Robin Parr from Wynnum State High School was the Best Female Lifter overall.
The Best Lifter in the Under 15 women’s competition was Madeline Wu, from Sheldon College.
In the men's competition, Rochedale State High School's James Norman was the Best Lifter
And Alex Bax from Iona College was the Best Under 15 Male.
There were some great battles for the Championship medals, particularly in the heavier men’s categories; and St Laurence’s College took out the Team competition.
Yolanta and Julian Wojcieszuk were on hand to present the Roman Wojcieszuk Memorial Team Shield to the boys from St Laurence’s College.
CLICK HERE for the full competition results.
Published on 28 Oct 13 - 16:27
An enthusiastic crowd was treated to a host of fine performances at the 2013 Queensland Youth & Under 15 Championships, held in Toowoomba last weekend. Twenty-two of the thirty young competitors achieved new Personal Best results; and nineteen State Records, plus three National Records, were broken.
The day commenced with the first of the men’s groups. In the 50kg category, Brisbane Grammar School’s Fraser Jeavons won the Youth Championship by a comfortable margin, while Dillon Fisler, from Mackay, performed consistently well in the Snatch and bounced back from a failed second attempt at Clean & Jerk to succeed with two kilos more on his third, winning the Under 15 title.
Harrison Gaffney (Cougars Weightlifting Club) added 12 kilos to his previous best Total to win the 56kg bodyweight category in both age groups and set a Sinclair score that earned him the title of Best U15 Male. The 62kg category Youth Championship was dominated by Australian Rep and Cougars Club lifter Joshua Wu. Ironskull’s Alex Bax posted a big improvement to secure the gold medal in the Under 15 division of the 62kg category.
Next up were the women’s categories. In the 48kg category, Australian Youth Representative Robin Parr broke State and National Records while securing the Youth Championship and Best U17 Female award; while 10 year old Alana Evans, also from the Cougars Club, demonstrated good technique, succeeding with 5 out of 6 attempts for the Under 15 title.
The 53kg Category was a contest between the “Maddy’s”. Madeline Wu (Cougars) achieved new Qld Under 15 Records in the Clean & Jerk and Total on her way to defeating Madalene Derksen (Sunshine Coast) in both age divisions. Madeline Wu was also the Best U15 Female Lifter on the day.
The Sunshine Coast Weightlifting Club reigned supreme in the 58kg category, with Hayely Ward and Shaylea Eaton comfortably winning the Youth and Under 15 divisions, respectively. And in the +69kg category, Deanne Elliott (CrossFit Northside) broke Queensland Under 15 Records in Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Total.
In the final session of the day, James Norman (Cougars) set an Australian Youth Record in the Clean & Jerk, won the 69kg category Youth Championship and edged out Joshua Wu to take the Best Lifter award in the Men’s Youth division. Joshua Mak (Cougars) improved on his previous best total and won the Under 15 Championship in this category.
James Pollicina, from St Laurence’s College, won both the Youth and Under 15 divisions of the 77kg category, setting new Personal Bests in Snatch and Total. While in the 85kg category, Australian Youth Representative Shane Wagner (Toowoomba), nursing a sore wrist, took only one snatch attempt and one clean & jerk, yet still secured first place.
Tom Beikoff (St Laurence’s College) added 11kg to his previous best Total and won the 94kg category Youth Championship. Toowoomba lifter Aden Creed also achieved new PB’s while winning the 94kg Under 15 title. Both Tom and Aden set new Queensland Records for this category.
Another big improver from Ironskull, Brandon Pritchard, took out the +94kg Youth title; while Jordan Evans (Cougars) was the Under 15 Champion in this category.
CLICK HERE for the full competition results
Published on 15 Aug 13 - 13:49
Thrilling, entertaining, satisfying, exhausting… the 2013 Oceania Senior, Junior & Youth Championships and 2013 Australian Senior & Junior Championships and South Pacific Senior, Junior & Youth Championships was all of these things.
As weightlifting teams from across the Oceania region and from around Australia began to arrive in Brisbane last week, a small band of QWA members were busily preparing for the task ahead.
With the help of Ian Moir, Mike Keelan, Craig Wegert, Kylie Booth, Damon Kelly, Luke Gardner, Rob Galsworthy, Melissa Robinson, Tony Ropati and Bonnie Sleeman, the Chandler Theatre was transformed into a weightlifting competition venue befitting this prestigious event.
Thursday morning saw the first of the athletes alight the competition platform as Session 1 of 22 began. With so many competitors in one or more of the eight competitions taking place in this combined event, many of the men’s categories were split into A and B Groups; and some even had C Groups.
By the end of the last session on Sunday evening, the men’s +105kg category A Group, 246 lifters had performed to an estimated audience of 4,500 in the Chandler Theatre; almost 3,500 people in 68 countries had tuned in to the live webcast produced by Bowen Stuart; and the Championships had been visited by many special guests including:
His Excellency Baron Waqa, President of the Republic of Nauru;
Mr Steve Davies MP, Member for Capalaba, representing the Hon Steve Dickson MP, Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing;
Mr Marcus Stephen MP, President of the Oceania Weightlifting Federation and IWF Executive Board member;
Sir John Dawanincura, President of the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee;
Mr Andrew Minogue, CEO of the Pacific Sports Council;
Mr Nigel Chamier, Chairman of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Organising Committee;
Mr Sam Coffa, IWF Vice President, President of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association, and Deputy Chair of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Organising Committee;
Mr Mark Peters, CEO of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Organising Committee;
Mrs Deb Oliver, Director of Olitek and sponsor of the 2013 Oceania Weightlifting Championships;
Mr Matthew Curtain, Weightlifting Competition Manager, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
CLICK HERE for full results of the Oceania Senior, Junior & Youth Championships
CLICK HERE for full results of the Australian Senior & Junior Championships
Published on 18 Jul 13 - 16:57
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