Club is lift­ing the bar

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

Weights were lifted, records were bro­ken but most im­por­tantly, the Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing Club’s per­for­mances on Satur­day at the Aus­tralian Club Cham­pi­onships’ qual­i­fy­ing round were good enough to see them ranked in Queens­land.

Club mem­bers at­tended CrossFit 4802 on Satur­day and the team of Leanne Knox, Matt War­ren, Gabbi McNeill and Corey Smith fin­ished sec­ond in the state, well on their way to qual­i­fy­ing for fi­nals in Bris­bane later this year.

“With that re­sult we’ve got a very good chance of get­ting into the top eight in Aus­tralia,” Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing Club coach Leanne Knox said.

“Ninety per cent of our lifters got per­sonal bests, which is great.”

Leanne her­self was again in the thick of the ac­tion, pro­duc­ing a new Aus­tralian mas­ters’ (40–44 years) record in the 69kg di­vi­sion.

The na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tive broke the old clean and jerk record by a stag­ger­ing 8kg, rais­ing the bar to 91kg.

She wasn’t done there, im­prov­ing the snatch record to 157kg from the old 151kg.

The un­der-15s also broke plenty of records on the day, led by Emily Hin­schen who im­proved her snatch and clean and jerk PBs to new Aus­tralian records.

Emily lifted 15kg (snatch) and 20kg (clean and jerk) in the 32kg di­vi­sion.

Emily Poles also pro­duced an Aus­tralian record, lift­ing 21kg (snatch) and 26kg (clean and jerk) on Satur­day.

Lilly Poles and Leah Han­nant posted PBs re­spec­tively, with Lilly lift­ing 27kg (snatch) and 31kg (clean and jerk).

Leah pro­duced a snatch lift of 27kg and a clean and jerk ef­fort of 35kg.

Youth lifter Corey Smith im­proved his snatch PB to 72kg, while ju­nior Matt War­ren ad­vanced his snatch and clean and jerk ti­tles to 101kg and 125kg re­spec­tively.

In the se­nior di­vi­sion, Gabbi McNeill’s clean and jerk of 87kg earned her a new PB, while Chayse Leith recorded 70kg (snatch) and 95kg (clean and jerk) ef­forts.

Coach Leanne Knox also ac­knowl­edged first-time com­peti­tors Lau­ren Teys and Jenna Kl­jaic, who both per­formed ad­mirably on de­but.

The club con­tests the sec­ond round of the JME Club Chal­lenge this week­end in Mackay.

LIFT: Whit­sun­day Weightlift­ing Club's Leah Han­nant vies for a spot at the Aus­tralian Club Cham­pi­onships fi­nal in the qual­i­fy­ing round on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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