Weightlifting nationals beckons for teen girl
DESPITE having only been in training for 12 months, local 16-year-old Chelsea Nicoll has been selected for the Queensland team to compete in the Australian Youth Championship weightlifting competition in Launceston on October 11 and 12.
Whitsunday Weightlifting Association head coach Leanne Knox said the club was “very excited” for Ms Nicoll.
“She’s second in Australia for her weight class, which is 48kg,” Ms Knox said.
“She’s only been lifting for 12 months so we’re very excited by her technical progress.
“Obviously she’s got a very good chance of bringing home a medal, which is exciting.”
Ms Nicoll also said she enjoyed weightlifting because of its technical side.
“A lot of weightlifters don’t look like bodybuilders but can still lift heavy because of the technical side,” she said.
“You’ve always got a goal to reach and when you get a personal best, it’s exciting.
“It’s a challenge and that’s what I like about it; challenging myself to get bigger numbers.”
The club has so far raised $2500 to send Chelsea to Tasmania for nationals, with a $500 donation coming from the Whitsunday Lions Club.
Ms Knox said she was very appreciative of the community support.
Ms Nicoll trains with Ms Knox, at the Whitsunday Weightlifting Association, which just received a $10,000 Community Gambling and Benefit Fund grant from the Queensland Government to purchase new equipment.
Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan dropped in on the association’s Mt Marlow base last Friday to announce the grant.
Mr Costigan said sausage sizzles, lamington and chocolate drives could only get a sporting club so far.
“You can only have so many Mars Bars to get you where you need to in life as a sporting club,” he said.
“That’s why the community gambling and benefit fund has been a real door-opener for local sporting clubs and community organisations like Whitsunday Weightlifting Association.”
Ms Knox said the money from the grant would be used to purchase new equipment for the club, including weightlifting bars, bumper plates, weightlifting platforms and materials, a squat rack, and general fitness equipment.
Ms Knox said the club now had the equipment to cater for juniors right through to seniors.
“Before that we basically had the bare minimum,” she said.
“What it means now is that we’ve got the right equipment to progress our members properly.”
The Whitsunday Weightlifting Association has grown from six members to 35 in the year since it was formed, and has already progressed three members to a national level.