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