The Australian Club Championships was a great success for our Cougars Weightlifting Club athletes with our A and B teams taking out the top 2 places.
From a personal coach point of view I was also immensely proud of those athletes I look after on a day to day basis.
Elite 53kg lifter Erika Ropati-Frost did not make weight, peak or max out for this event as she is saving all that for the senior World Championships in Texas next month. Instead she put in a solid 185 total in the 58kg category with a Queensland record of 105kg in the CJ. Erika is a very experienced lifter having participated in around 100 offcial weightlifting competitions since she started about 15 years ago.
At the other end of the spectrum, newcomer to weightlifting Kate Fyfe provided another highlight. The talented 22 year old at her second competition lifted some decent PBs of 78 snatch and 95 CJ in the 75kg category. This is an A grade performance on the Australian Weightlifting grading system – AWF Grades and Qualifying. Kate has only been at Cougars Weightlifting Club for a few weeks but has put plenty of kilos on her performance in that time and has a bright future ahead.
Kate is one of many crossfitters who have taken well to weightlifting. It seems to me the majority of emerging weightlifters in Australia these days start their weightlifting journey in crossfit. I personally appreciate crossfit for making weightlifting accessible to millions of people, for marketing weightlifting so well and for creating highly conditioned athletes with a passion and basic knowledge of weightlifting.
Another talented crossfitter to recently begin competing in weightlifting is Andrew Kelly. Here at his second comptition the 22 year old lifted a 108 snatch and 152 CJ and registered a respectable B grade on the Australian Weightlifting grading system.
I also particlarly enjoyed the performances of Ryley Porter (120/138@77), Mackenzie Coglan-Rochfort (national CJ and total records in the under 15 age group), Michelle Kahi (77/100 @69), Jackson Solofa (133/162@105+) and Liana Lambert (stood in with no notice when another lifter failed to show at weigh-in).
In weightlifting there are many reasons to enjoy a performance – it could be the sheer impressive weights lifted, the excellence of technique, the future potential it displays, the significance of the performance (for example qualifying or breaking a record), the story behind the performance………
The full event results are available here