Weightlifter shat­ters records

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

She set out to break an Aus­tralian record and that’s ex­actly what she did.

Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing Club coach Leanne Knox took on the QWA League 2 ti­tles at the week­end in Bris­bane, break­ing three Aus­tralian and two Queens­land records.

Com­pet­ing in the masters women 40- to 44-year 63kg cat­e­gory, Leanne broke the na­tional clean and jerk record by 3kg, the snatch record by 1kg and the to­tal record by 4kg – break­ing a seven-year-old record.

Leanne also claimed state clean and jerk and snatch records in the cat­e­gory.

“I went there want­ing to break the record, so it was great to meet a goal,” she said.

“It’s a re­ally big com­pe­ti­tion that’s four times a year in Bris­bane, so I’m very happy ... I did bet­ter than I thought I would.”

Leanne had six suc­cess­ful lifts on the day and man­aged to in­crease her per­sonal best by a whop­ping 7kg.

While the re­sults were out­stand­ing, the lifts were just a small step on Leanne’s path to rep­re­sent­ing her coun­try.

“The lifts get me up the rank­ing and closer to be­ing able to get to A-grade. If I get to A-grade, I get to rep­re­sent Australia at the Ocea­nia Games,” she ex­plained.

“I’ve got 8kg to go be­tween now and April. If I get there, I’ll qual­ify for the Aus­tralian team in the se­nior cat­e­gory.

“There’s a lot of hard work to go, but it will be worth it.”

Leanne now turns her at­ten­tion to the na­tional masters on June 5, where she will be joined by Ber­nadette Porter and Nathan Sains­bury, and the Queens­land se­nior state ti­tles on June 28.

In other news from the Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing Club, six young lifters are set to take on the Aus­tralian na­tional ti­tles in Bris­bane on June 21.

Chelsea Ni­coll, Corey Smith, Lilly Wil­son, Lilly Poles, Emily Poles and Leah Han­nant are all train­ing hard in prepa­ra­tion for the event.

This week­end the Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing Club will take a group of 20 lifters to Mackay for round two of the JME se­ries.

Coach Leanne said it was great for the club to have so many at­tend­ing the car­ni­val, which will also host ath­letes from Townsville and Mackay on Satur­day.

“That’s a mas­sive num­ber for such a small club com­pet­ing in a big com­pe­ti­tion,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion from the club, visit www.face book.com/whit­sun­day­weightlift­ing or www.whit­sun­day weightlift­ing.com.

MISSION AC­COM­PLISHED: Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing Club coach Leanne Knox stands next to her na­tional record in Bris­bane.

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