Weightlifting champ visits Whitsundays
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.