Trio weighs in at na­tional comp

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

Three Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing Club mem­bers will take on the coun­try’s best this week­end in Mel­bourne.

Leanne Knox, Ber­nadette Porter and Nathan Sains­bury are set to com­pete at the Ocea­nia and Aus­tralian Masters Weightlift­ing Cham­pi­onships on Satur­day.

Leanne and Ber­nadette will lift in the 40-44-year-old 69kg and 63kg cat­e­gories re­spec­tively while Sains­bury will chance his arm against males 35-39 years old in the 105+kg di­vi­sion.

“Hope­fully we’ll do well and we’ll all get medals. I’m hop­ing we can fin­ish in the top three of our cat­e­gories,” club coach Leanne said.

“We haven’t had any set­backs in our train­ing.”

Leanne her­self is in red-hot form, hav­ing smashed three Aus­tralian and two Queens­land records at the QWA League 2 ti­tles in Bris­bane last month. This time she is re­ally chal­leng­ing her­self.

“I’m go­ing to com­pete in the next weight cat­e­gory. So I’ll be go­ing up to 69kg in­stead of 63kg,” she ex­plained.

“The records in those cat­e­gories are the same as the last ones that I broke. If I lift well there’s a pos­si­bil­ity I could break those.”

Leanne is al­ready the num­ber one ranked masters lifter in the coun­try but she can claim the of­fi­cial ti­tle with an­other strong out­ing this week­end in Mel­bourne.

In other news, the Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing Club fin­ished first in the state at last month’s JME round two com­pe­ti­tion in Mackay.

The club fin­ished first out of 26 clubs for the state-wide event and cur­rently sits sec­ond over­all.

The points for each club’s top six lifters are added up to de­ter­mine the win­ning group from that round.

“We’re go­ing up against oth­ers who have been es­tab­lished for 30 years,” Leanne said.

STRONG: Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing Club mem­bers Leanne Knox, Nathan Sains­bury and Ber­nadette Porter will at­tend the Ocea­nia and Aus­tralian Masters Weightlift­ing Cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne this week­end.

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