Lifting off after first competition
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.
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.