Weightlift­ing champ vis­its Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

AUS­TRALIAN weightlift­ing cham­pion Ben Turner was a spe­cial guest of the newly-formed Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing Club on the weekend.

The club hosted work­shops to launch their new club and train­ing build­ing in Mt Mar­low on Sun­day.

Mr Turner has been one of Aus­tralia’s top Olympic weightlifters over the past decade, tak­ing out gold at the Com­mon­wealth Games in 2006 and sil­ver in 2010.

He is also a pas­sion­ate coach, find­ing vic­tory when he coached Erica Ya­masaki at the 2010 Com­mon­wealth Games, when she broke an Aus­tralian and Ocea­nia record in the women’s 48kg di­vi­sion.

In the ses­sions on the weekend, Mr Turner taught club mem­bers and other par­tic­i­pants the foun­da­tions of the snatch and clean jerk, which are core po­si­tions of weightlift­ing.

Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing Club founder Leanne Knox said the ex­plo­sion of CrossFit as a new and dy­namic way to work out had seen sig­nif­i­cant growth in the sport of weightlift­ing also.

“The fo­cus of the workshop is on build­ing per­fect tech­nique and it was a unique op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to learn the ba­sic foun­da­tions of the sport from an ex­pe­ri­enced Olympic weightlifter,” she said.

The Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing Club is a not-for-profit club which was of­fi­cially launched three weeks ago and is af­fil­i­ated with the Queens­land Weightlift­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

The club cur­rently runs two weightlift­ing classes but will be ex­pand­ing to six classes per week over the com­ing weeks.

Ms Knox said the new classes would be geared to dif­fer­ent age groups and skill lev­els.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to par­tic­i­pate in a come and try day, con­tact Leanne Knox on 0411 199 427.

CHAMP: Aus­tralian weightlift­ing cham­pion Ben Turner hosted work­shops to help com­mu­nity mem­bers build their tech­nique, in­clud­ing CrossFit 4802 owner Kyle Teale, Anna Derveigne, Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing Club founder Leanne Knox and pres­i­dent Tony Lis­cian­dro at the club's new build­ing in Mt Mar­low on Sun­day.

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