Lift­ing off af­ter first com­pe­ti­tion

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WEIGHTLIFT­ING SE­NIORS

WHIT­SUN­DAY weightlifters Leanne Knox and Tony Lis­cian­dro achieved some fan­tas­tic re­sults at their first ever com­pet­i­tive meet in Cairns in Novem­ber.

The two rep­re­sented the newly-formed Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing Club at the JME Club Chal­lenge in Cairns and both achieved six suc­cess­ful lifts for the com­pe­ti­tion.

Knox said she and her train­ing part­ner were thrilled with the re­sults af­ter only tak­ing up the sport in Fe­bru­ary this year.

“We both re­ally en­joyed our first com­pe­ti­tion and were happy with our re­sults,” she said.

“This was our first com­pe­ti­tion ever and we man­aged to lift the weights that we planned and get state and na­tional rank­ings.”

Knox com­peted in the 4044 years 63kg cat­e­gory and was first in Queens­land and Aus­tralia for the mas­ters di­vi­sion and 10th in Queens­land for se­niors.

Lis­cian­dro lifted in the 3539 years 77kg cat­e­gory and fin­ished third in Queens­land.

“As it was our first com­pe­ti­tion we only lifted 80 per cent of our per­sonal bests to be safe, so to achieve what we did was fan­tas­tic and we know we can im­prove on those weights,” Knox said.

JU­NIORS

A ju­nior weightlift­ing pro- gram will start in Jan­uary next year, with Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing keen to of­fer the sport to chil­dren aged from 7-17.

The classes will be­gin at the be­gin­ning of the 2014 school year and there was a come and try day held at Leanne Knox’s gym in Mt Mar­low on Fri­day.

There will be another come and try day in mid Jan­uary be­fore the classes get un­der­way for 2014.

There are al­ready some ju­niors train­ing with Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing’s squad of 15 but the ju­nior pro­gram will al­low them to train with com­peti­tors their own age and re­ceive age spe­cific guid­ance.

READY TO LIFT: Al Moore, Nate Har­ri­son, Jess Knox, Corey and Brooke Smith and Ma­cauley and Lochie Wake went to the Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing come and try day for ju­niors on Fri­day.

GOOD START: Whit­sun­day weightlift­ing team­mates Tony Lis­cian­dro and Leanne Knox re­cently com­peted in their first ever com­petion at the JME Club Chal­lenge in Cairns.

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