The last quarter of the year is always hectic for weightlifting in Queensland with competitions almost every weekend. This has included The Queensland All Schools, the Mike Keelan Shield (Cougars Weightlifting Club’s end of year competition) and the Australian Open.
One of the stand out performers at these events was Saphire Abraham. The talented 14 year old, who is only in her first 6 months of lifting, set Australian under 15 records in the snatch, CJ and total at the All Schools Championships, then broke them all again at the Mike Keelan Shield.
Fellow squad member and 75+kg lifter Mackenzie Coglan-Rochfort applied some pressure to Saphire with a few PBs and National Record attempts along the way, but Saphire came out ahead in the end.
The Australian Open saw Michelle Kahi lift lifetime personal bests of 82 snatch, 103 CJ and a 185 total in the 75 category. I was particularly pleased to see this result for Michelle as she has been lifting for over 10 years, but evidently still has more to come.
New competitor Andrew Kelly took bronze and came close to silver in the 105s at just his third competition. Experienced lifter Melissa Robinson took gold in the 63s.