Weightlift­ing star turns medals for lo­cal clubs

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

WEIGHT LIFT­ING

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.

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