EOI for Queensland Team Coaches & Manager for the National U15 & Youth

Dear QWA members,

Applications for the positions of team coaches and manager are now being sought for the upcoming National U15 & Youth Championships to be held at Cougars Weightlifting Club, Chandler, Brisbane 8-9th July. Please find further information below.

For Team Coach application information CLICK HERE

For Team Manager application information CLICK HERE

Published on 23 May 17 - 16:40

Tech0 Newsletter

Dear Technical Officials

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend and officiate at the Queensland U15 & Youth Championships in Nambour last weekend. Your assistance helped ensure a quality event & experience for our athletes. Also great to see you all wearing your official uniform. Thank you!!

Congratulations to Sue Cox on successfully upgrading to National level referee! Trevor Walz successfully passed the practical element of the National level assessment - just needs his examination completed to be formally upgraded. Also congratulations to those who upgraded from Club to State referee: Vanessa Dow and Chelsea Nicoll.

We now have a NEW "you- beaut" online referee education program on the QWA website. As a part of the QWA's commitment to having well educated Technical Officials we would like all referees - even those already qualified to complete this training. Going forward we expect all Technical Officials to do refresher training at a minimum of every 2 years. We are working on having a State level referee education package developed and online by January 2018. Thank you to the production team of Angela Wydall, Ian Moir and Miles Wydall, and support crew of James Norman and Lydia Olsen for all your efforts in putting this fantastic resource together.

Note - this online training replaces the previously delivered face-to-face referee workshops. 

To access the online training just login to your QWA account and select:

Online Club Referee Accreditation Course  (New - Replaces the Face to Face Course)

Please email if you have any questions.










Published on 20 May 17 - 13:33

QWA AGM & Awarding of Life Membership

Thank you Clubs for your support of the QWA Annual General Meeting last Saturday. 19 Club representatives attended.

The President thanked the outgoing members of the Management Committee who chose not to renominate:

Erika Yamasaki and Nicholas Morland.

Your QWA Inc. Management Committee members for 2017 are:

President Miles Wydall

Vice President: Greg Hobl

Secretary: Tara Noonan

Treasurer: Callum Hannay

Ordinary members: Leanne Knox and Angela Wydall.

The highlight of the proceedings was the awarding of QWA Life Membership to Angela Wydall.

“Angela’s involvement with Weightlifting began in the UK in 1988. Moving to Brisbane in 1993 when 26 years old, she took that first tentative step into Cougars Weightlifting Club to start training and competing in Weightlifting more seriously.

Angela’s best lifts were 75 kg in the Snatch and 90kg in the Clean & Jerk competing in the 58kg bodyweight category. Angela was a regular member of the Queensland representative team, and also Represented Australia at Oceania and Commonwealth Championships on a number of occasions taking out the Silver Medal at the Commonwealth Championships in Malaysia.

Angela’s last competition was as recent as 2006, luckily for the ongoing development of the QWA Angela changed the direction of her focus to coaching having now coached the Australian Team at over 25 internationals and produced many Australian and State Representatives.

She has also used her IT skills to assist with the development of the AWF and QWA websites and Angela continues to use her IT knowledge in assisting the QWA develop its online training resources.

Adding to her Weightlifting involvement was her progression along the Technical Official pathway, successfully attaining the status of International Cat II Referee; and her ongoing activity on both the QWA Management Committee and the Cougars Weightlifting Club Management committee.

Angela leads by example. A positive role model, and strong advocate for her lifters. With all her involvement showing professionalism and attention to detail.”

Published on 19 May 17 - 17:03

Queensland U15 & Youth Championships

What a fantastic weekend showcasing our up and coming young athletes!

We had 68 entries in the competition. 11 Queensland records and 3 AWF records were broken over the course of the competition. Numerous personal bests were posted (you can find these on the AWF site at the bottom of the competition results).

A huge thank you to the volunteer team from Sunshine Coast Weightlifting Club for hosting such a great event, and a big thank you to the Technical Officials that were able to attend. A big shout out to all the Mum’s who spent their Mother’s Day with us. Gooooo Mum’s!!!

The Best lifter awards for the Queensland U15 & Youth Championships of 2017 went to:

Best U15 female - Maddison Power of the Gold Coast Weightlifting Club &  Best Youth female - Saphire Abraham of Cougars Weightlifting Club 


Best U15 male -  Jaspa Hope of the Whitsundays Weightlifting Club; and Best Youth male John Downes of Cougars Weightlifting Club.

Following on from this competition information has been emailed out to those that have qualified to lift at the National U15 & Youth Championships in Brisbane on the 8-9th July. Entry needs to be finalized via the QWA website by this Saturday.

Another milestone was reached by a number of our Queensland lifters as they achieved the standard necessary for the opportunity to compete at the Commonwealth Championships to be held at the Gold Coast 4-9 September:

John Downes, Matthew Eichmann, and Sapphire Abraham joined the group of Queensland lifters who have already achieved this - Ben Ward, Ethan Catlow-Elliott and Mia Gaudry.Congratulations!

For full competition results CLICK HERE



Published on 19 May 17 - 10:17

Raw results Qld U15 & Youth Championships 2017

What a great weekend of lifting, seeing our stars of the future in action!

Results have now been uploaded to the AWF website.

Further information about the Championships will be posted, but just to get things started...Congratulations to the following record breakers of the weekend!!

Records Broken

Lifter Bwt Cat Age Group Record Level Record Type New Record
Bronwyn Dunne F75+ Under 15 QLD SNATCH 65kg
Bronwyn Dunne F75+ Under 15 QLD TOTAL 147kg
Emily Hinschen F40 Under 15 QLD SNATCH 25kg
Emily Hinschen F40 Under 15 QLD CJ 35kg
Emily Hinschen F40 Under 15 QLD TOTAL 60kg
Maddison Power F53 Under 15 QLD SNATCH 48kg
Maddison Power F53 Under 15 QLD TOTAL 108kg
Rykah Ross F40 Under 15 QLD SNATCH 31kg
Rykah Ross F40 Under 15 AWF SNATCH 31kg
Rykah Ross F40 Under 15 QLD CJ 39kg
Rykah Ross F40 Under 15 AWF CJ 39kg
Rykah Ross F40 Under 15 QLD TOTAL 70kg
Rykah Ross F40 Under 15 AWF TOTAL 70kg
Saphire Abraham F75+ Youth QLD SNATCH 78kg
Published on 15 May 17 - 8:49


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