2018 Again Faster Queensland All Schools Entries & Timetable

Click here for Entries & the Competition Timetable. Requests for volunteers to assist with the running of the competition will be circulated in the next few days.

See you all in Nambour!! smiley

Published on 23 Oct 18 - 9:29

QLD competition format for 2019 - complete the survey & win!!!

Although the QWA events calendar for next year has been drafted, it hasn’t yet been finalised and the QWA Management Committee would like to know what members want from the 2019 competition program. There are a number of important considerations to be taken into account and the Committee would like you to ask you questions about what type of competitions you intend to participate in.

Complete the survey and have a chance at winning one years free QWA membership!!

Published on 19 Oct 18 - 15:06

Australian Team Announced for World Championships

The Australian Weightlifting Federation has announced the Team that will represent Australia at the World Weightlifting Championships in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan next month.

Included in the mix are five Queenslanders. Jacinta Carroll, who is coached by Damon Kelly at the Brisbane Barbell Club, will compete in the 59kg category; Brandon Wakeling from the Cougars Club, coached by Miles Wydall, is at 73kg; and at 109kg is another one of Damon Kelly's Brisbane Barbell Club lifters: Matthew Lydement.

Cougars Weightlifting Club coaches Miles Wydall and Angela Wydall have been selected as Head Coach and Coach respectively.

We extend congratulations and best wishes to all Team members.

Published on 11 Oct 18 - 17:01

24th Annual Queensland Sport Awards

Every year since 1995, the Queensland sport industry’s peak body, QSport, has conducted the Queensland Sport Awards. This year we hope to see some weightlifters on the podium when the awards are presented at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on the night of November 28th.

The QWA has nominated three outstanding athletes this year, in the forms of Tia-Clair Orr, Maddison Power and Jett Gaffney. Tia-Clair is nominated in the category of Sport Star of the Year; and Maddison and Jett are both nominated in the Junior Sport Star category.

This year’s awards will be based on achievements in the 12 months up to 30 September 2018 and we’ve submitted the following summaries to QSport, along with the relevant performance statistics of each lifter. We hope that our submissions have done justice to these wonderful athletes and we await Queensland Sport’s night of nights with bated breath and fingers crossed.

Tia-Clair Orr

Tia-Clair Orr was crowned the Fittest Woman on Earth for the second year running at the 2018 CrossFit Games. To date, she is the only Australian woman to ever claim the title, after coming runner-up at the 2015 and 2016 competitions. As a result of accumulated prize money, she is now the most successful CrossFit Games female athlete in the sport’s history.

18 months after starting competitive weightlifting, she represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics. At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, she won gold in the women’s 58kg bodyweight category with a combined total of 201kgs. This was the first Commonwealth Games gold medal won by an Australian woman in weightlifting in 12 years. Tia is currently ranked as the top female weightlifter in Australia across all weight categories.

Tia-Clair’s weightlifting achievements are remarkable considering that she only started competing in the sport in 2013.

Tia-Clair is a passionate ambassador for physical activity and general health & well-being, owning and operating her own gym in Gladstone with her husband and coach Shane. She inspires and motivates thousands of people through her social media outlets, posting workouts and simple nutrition tips for everyday Queenslanders.

Maddison Power

Maddison has been weightlifting for two and a half years. She is the current Australian 53kg Youth and U15 Champion, and a prolific record-breaker. Since October 2017, Maddison has broken 32 Queensland records (3 Junior, 10 Youth, 19 U15) and 6 Australian records (3 Youth, 3 U15).

At just 15 years of age, not only did she qualify to compete in the Australian Senior Championships this year, she came 6th in the 55kg category in a field of 10 athletes, most of whom were at least 10 years older than her.

Maddison represented Australia for the first time in 2017 at the Commonwealth Youth Championships (Gold Coast) and the Pacific Mini Games (Vanuatu). In 2018, she represented Australia at the Oceania Youth Championships (Noumea) where she won a silver medal in the 53kg bodyweight category. Maddison has been selected to represent Australia at the Youth Olympic Games (Argentina) in October 2018.

Jett Gaffney

Jett is 16 years of age and he has been weightlifting for five years. He is the current Australian 62kg Youth Champion and Australian 61kg Senior Champion. Since 1 October 2017, Jett has broken 15 Queensland records (2 Junior, 7 Youth, 6 U15) and 10 Australian records (4 Youth, 6 U15).

Jett represented Australia for the first time in 2017 at the Oceania Youth Championships (Gold Coast) where he won the gold medal in the 56kg category. In 2018, he again represented Australia at the Oceania Youth Championships (Noumea) where he won a silver medal at 62kg. Jett has been selected to represent Australia at the Youth Olympic Games (Argentina) in October 2018.

Published on 28 Sep 18 - 10:37

What will YOU be doing when you are 72?

What will YOU be doing when you are 72?

Deb Keelan caught up with our very own QWA groupie – Lesley Moyle.

“I stumbled into the sport of Weightlifting at the age of 60. I had been heavily involved in sporting clubs my whole life, competing successfully as an individual & in teams, also holding elected positions on Committees.

Weightlifting has been the most mentally challenging of all the sports I have played.  However it has been the only sport to turn my depleting bone density levels around and for a number of years my bone density levels have increased.  I can also thank Weightlifting for giving me more knee flexibility and a much stronger back!

Weightlifting has given me the opportunity for overseas travel with my Weightlifting team mates and friends.  I have competed successfully in Australian Masters’ Teams overseas, setting World Records and winning Best Female Lifter in my Age Group several times.

Little did I expect to visit the likes of Ciechanow in Poland, let alone more well-known locations after World Championships such as Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Glasgow, Venice, Dublin, Killarney, Lake Como to name a few, as part of my life’s journey.

I love watching the young lifters progress over the years.  I have seen many start as youngsters and mature into young strong adults.

Being involved in the Officiating aspect of Weightlifting is very rewarding.  Advancing through the technical ranks is one way to thank the sport for what it has given me.

I very recently achieved the highest Technical achievement possible, gaining my International Category 1 level referee qualification.  I am as proud of this achievement at the age of 72 as I am of all the gold medals and trophies I have won over the years.

If I can overcome a couple of ongoing niggling injuries, I am hoping to compete in the 2019 National Masters’ Championships in Darwin.  I have never been to Darwin.”

Congratulations Lesley you are great role model and supporter of weightlifting and those many hours of swatting for your theory exam paid off with a 100% pass mark.


Hop online now and start your own Officiating journey. Log into your QWA account and select the "Online Referee training" option.

Any questions? Eamil

Published on 21 Sep 18 - 13:57


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