Weightlift­ing na­tion­als beck­ons for teen girl

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

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