Whit­sun­day weightlifters to rep­re­sent Queens­land

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

TWO Whit­sun­day weightlifters have been named in the state team to tackle na­tion­als next month.

Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing Club mem­bers Leanne Knox and Matt War­ren will travel to Mel­bourne for the Novem­ber 28-30 cham­pi­onships, rep­re­sent­ing Queens­land in the 63kg and 77kg di­vi­sions.

The two lo­cals were picked based on their na­tional rank­ings from com­pe­ti­tions through­out the year, with just seven lifters picked in each cat­e­gory.

The achieve­ment means the re­gional club boasts three state rep­re­sen­ta­tives – re­mark­able con­sid­er­ing the Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing started only a year ago.

Knox said she jumped ship to weightlift­ing when she dis- cov­ered the in­tri­ca­cies in­volved in the sport. “I got into it [com­pet­i­tive weightlift­ing] through Cross­Fit. I did a level 1 coach­ing but I de­cided I needed to be a good Olympic weightlift­ing coach if I wanted to be a good Cross­Fit coach,” Knox said.

“After a few ses­sions I de­cided I liked weightlift­ing more than Cross­Fit.”

Knox, who has been com­pet­i­tively weightlift­ing for a year, said she was happy with her prepa­ra­tion for next month’s na­tional ti­tles.

Her train­ing will in­ter­twine with the JME Club Chal­lenge – a state-wide event held at dif­fer­ent cen­tres through­out Queens­land. The chal­lenge will see Townsville and Mackay weightlift­ing clubs com­pete in the Whit­sun­days.

POW­ER­FUL: Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing Club's Matt War­ren (back) and Leanne Knox have been se­lected in the Queens­land team to contest na­tion­als in Mel­bourne next month.

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