Weightlifting star turns medals for local clubs
THE Whitsunday Weightlifting Club was fortunate to receive a helping from a Commonwealth Games medallist for the North Queensland Championships in Townsville at the weekend.
Ben Turner, who won gold for Australia at the 2006 Melbourne games as well as silver in Delhi (2010), helped the region’s athletes warm-up for Saturday’s meet and also provided coaching.
The result was telling, with the club fetching a host of top four finishes – led by 10-year-old Emily Hinschen who set a Queensland record for her 32kg weight class and earned third overall in the youth division.
Chelsea Nicoll (first) and Lily Wilson (second) also performed strongly in the youth class while Corey Smith added another silver.
Matt Warren claimed second in the junior division while Gabbi McNeill managed fourth in the senior category.
Whitsunday Weightlifting Club coach Leanne Knox topped the day by being crowned North Queensland’s best female lifter, taking first in the master’s category.
Bernadette Porter (third) and Nathan Sainsbury (second) also took home medals in their master’s divisions.
Coach Leanne said she was thrilled with the club’s results and the medals brought home, also acknowledging a host of Personal Bests that were achieved.
Saturday’s competition was part of the JME Club Challenge which Whitsunday Weightlifting hopes to finish in the top five for.
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: (From back) Lily Wilson, Matthew Warren, Nicholas Sainsbury, Leanne Knox, Corey Smith, Chelsea Nicoll, Nathan Sainsbury, Gabbi McNeill, Steve Knox (coach), (front) Tristan Sainsbury, Emily Hinschen, Max Hinschen, Emily Poles, Lily Poles and Bernadette Porter following the North Queensland Championships in Townsville at the weekend.