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