Whit­sun­day lifters throw their weight around in Mackay

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing Club mem­bers con­tin­ued to im­press with a se­ries of strong per­for­mances in Mackay on Satur­day.

The club mem­bers dom­i­nated round two of the JME Queens­land Club Chal­lenge se­ries, with many notch­ing per­sonal bests on their way to top-three fin­ishes.

Emily Hin­schen, Lily Poles and Emily Poles starred in the un­der-15 fe­male di­vi­sion, tak­ing out the top three spots while club-mate Chelsea Ni­coll won the un­der-21 fe­male event.

Matthew War­ren claimed gold in the un­der-21 male di­vi­sion while fel­low Whit­sun­day lifted Corey Smith, who is now ranked third in Australia for his di­vi­sion, col­lected bronze.

In the se­nior cat­e­gories, Laiton Frisk won the men’s ti­tle while Gabbi McNeill was top fe­male, just ahead of club­mate Chelsea Bolitho.

Whit­sun­day club coach Leanne Knox was thrilled with the re­sults and said she hoped her charges would build on their ef­forts at the up­com­ing na­tional youth and masters ti­tles.

“I’m re­ally happy with ev­ery­one’s progress,” she said.

“Most of the lifters got a PB on at least one of their lifts which is great.

“I was also happy with the amount of lifters we had. I think there were 25 in the com­pe­ti­tion and I think 16 of those were our lifters.”

Club mem­bers Kia Tay­lor, Laiton Frisk and Char­lie Wil­son each made their com­pet­i­tive weightlift­ing de­buts on Satur­day and Knox is hop­ing to at­tract more com­peti­tors as the fledg­ling club looks to ce­ment its rep­u­ta­tion as one of the best in the state.

The club is cur­rently ranked in the top three in the JME-spon­sored se­ries and a first-place fin­ish will de­liver new equip­ment, a ma­jor boost for a club that formed just over a year go.

Mean­while, Knox has been named as­sis­tant coach for the Queens­land team ahead of the youth na­tional ti­tles to be held in Bris­bane next month.

“This is a great priv­i­lege and learn­ing op­por­tu­nity as I will be work­ing with some of Australia’s best coaches,” she said.

STRONG: Weightlift­ing coach Leanne Knox with lifters Nathan Sains­bury and Ber­nadette Porter.

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