Weightlifter Chelsea lifts sil­ver medal

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

CHELSEA Nicoll has mus­cled her way to sil­ver at the Aus­tralian Weightlift­ing Fed­er­a­tion’s na­tional un­der-17 cham­pi­onships.

The Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing Club mem­ber fin­ished sec­ond in her 48kg di­vi­sion at the Launceston-based ti­tles ear­lier this month.

The 16-year-old lifted 33kg in the snatch cat­e­gory and a 42kg clean and jerk.

“I was happy with what I was lifting. I was ex­pect­ing sec­ond be­cause of where I am in the rank­ings,” she said.

“But I was happy with how I did, even though I didn’t get gold.” The Whit­sun­day Christian Col­lege stu­dent was ini­tially a Cross­Fit ath­lete be­fore she de­cided to give weightlift­ing a try, un­der the guid­ance of Whit­sun­day coach Leanne Knox.

Chelsea con­cedes weightlift­ing isn’t the most common com­pet­i­tive sport, but she praised it for how re­ward­ing the re­sults feel.

“It’s hard to ex­plain, I like the com­pet­i­tive­ness of it,” she said. “You get the feel­ing you achieve a lot. You can come to train­ing tired but you can still get PBs. That’s an ex­cit­ing feel­ing.”

Chelsea, who trains three or four times a week, says she is al­ready look­ing for­ward to next year’s na­tional ti­tles.

SIL­VER STRONG: Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing Club mem­ber Chelsea Nicoll won sil­ver at the Aus­tralian Weightlift­ing Fed­er­a­tion's na­tional un­der-17 cham­pi­onships ear­lier this month.

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