EOI for Coach and Manager positions National U15/U17 Championships Perth

EOI are now sought for the positions of Coaches and Manager for the upcoming National U15/U17 Championships in Perth. Numbers of coaches selected will relate to the number of Queensland athletes competing at the event. EOI need to be lodged by Sunday 27th May by emailing a completed form to  Coach application click here   Manager Application click here

Please find the QWA Policy documents relating to this at

Please find list of eligible lifters by going to yesterdays post.

Please email any questions to


Published on 22 May 18 - 11:07

Lifters qualified for 2018 National U15/U17 Championships

What a fabulous weekend of lifting in Toowoomba. Will report more on the competition in the coming days.


Meanwhile - for National championships competition information and the list of Eligible lifters able to compete in Perth CLICK HERE

Published on 21 May 18 - 20:38

Queensland Teams Announcement - National Masters Championship

We are in the final week of preparations for the National Masters in Melbourne this coming Friday/Saturday/Sunday.

We wish all the athletes, Coaches and team officials all the very best with your final preparations.

Please find details of the nominated Queensland teams here:CLICK HERE



Published on 21 May 18 - 17:34

Oly in the Outback



G'day to ALL QWA CLUBS and Members,

Entries are now open, so be sure to enter NOW by logging in via your QWA account. Oly in the Outback, hosted by Saints Weightlifting Club and the QWA, will be held in conjunction with the Uesaka Barbell Australia Club Challenge and League Round 2, in the Walsh Pavilion, Miles Showgrounds. All lifters results will still contribute to their own Club’s Club Challenge results. We are just taking the pressure off club’s having to hold their own competitions, so plan your trip to Miles now. Miles is approx. 2.5hrs drive west of Toowoomba. Car pool or hire a minibus.

  • All athletes and tech officials will receive a collectors Comp t-shirt (Thanks to sponsor Palmer’s Coaches);
  • A commemorative medallion for every athlete
  • Great prize money is up for grabs (Thanks to sponsors including Qld Hotel, Miles).
  • SPECIAL GUEST is Saints Founder and 5 times Commonwealth Games athlete and dual Olympian Deb Acason.
  • An Oly for Kids demonstration will also be held, to highlight how our great sport can be introduced for kids at a young age.

(Note: Tshirt orders will need to be finalised very soon, so if you enter now we can collect your correct size for the order)

A BBQ and canteen will be running all Comp day, and Miles has plenty of pubs, motels and accommodation and things to see and do. Great country hospitality.

Please see our facebook event for heaps of information on accommodation options and attractions in Miles.

We’ve had a heap of interest, so be sure to get those entries in now and we look forward to a fantastic comp. Any queries please contact the QWA or Sonia Stenhouse (Saints Weightlifting Club) on 0428746414. We would love to have you join us 😊


Published on 14 May 18 - 18:10

2018 AWF National Masters Coaching Appointments

We are in the last couple of weeks of preparation for the Queensland athletes competing at the 2018 AWF National & Oceania Masters Championships in Melbourne. We wish you all the very best with your preparation and competition.

The QWA is pleased to advise you all that we had a record number of applications for team coach positions.

Those appointed are:


Head Coach
Cameron Arthur – Gympie

  • Owner of Stay True Weightlifting Club and CrossFit Gympie
  • Bachelor of Human Movement Science
  • AWF Level 3 intern coach
  • National Level Referee
  • Head coach 2017 AWF National Masters Championships
  • Assistant coach 2017 AWF National Youth/U15 Championships
  • Assistant coach 2016 AWF National Junior/Senior Championships. 




Assistant Coach/Manager
Dean Callaghan - Mackay

  • Graduated Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (CQ University) 2017 - Currently studying Bachelor of Science (Honours) 
  • AWF Level 2 coach
  • Started Berserker Barbell Club in 2015 
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Mackay Cutters Rugby League Team
  • Has worked in the fitness industry as a personal trainer since 2012
  • Club Level Referee



Assistant Coach/Competitor
Jim Mildren - Cairns

  • AWF Club Weightlifting / Sports Power Coach Level One 
  • Club Level Referee
  • Crossfit Level One Trainer; Crossfit Specialty Course – Masters; Scaling: Judges course
  • Crossfit Trainer and Weightlifting Coach – Crossfit Dungeon / Dungeon Barbell Club Cairns 
  • Coach at the 2018 Qld Masters Championships for: Marianna Toller (Gold Medal F69, 40 – 44)
  • Penny Tudberry (Gold Medal F69, 35 – 39) Katja Jensen (Gold Medal F63, 45 – 49)
  • Personal Competition Experience: 2018 Qld Masters Championships: M94kg 50 – 54 years. Gold Medal; 2017 AWF & OWF Masters Championships & Pacific Rim & World Cup: M94kg 50 – 54 years Gold medal

Assistant Coach/Competitor
Blake Repine – Emerald

Blake Repine has many years’ experience in weightlifting.  He has competed at multiple club level competitions as well as competitions at the state, national and international level.  His weightlifting qualifications include AWF Level 2 Coach and QWA State Referee.  
Blake has a dual role as the Associate Vice-Chancellor (Central Highlands) and Associate Director (Finance & Planning) for Central Queensland University.  His work experience also includes more than 18 years in Defence.  Blake currently serves on a number of advisory committees and boards for a range of organisations from small not-for-profits to publicly listed multinationals.




A big THANK YOU to the Embracing 2018 Legacy funding that has enabled these coaches  to access this development activity. A great initiative that helps grow our sport.

The coaching team will be in contact with athletes in the next couple of weeks via email.

Some things to consider as part of your preparation:
Do you have your lifting suit ready to compete in? Bike pants/shorts are not allowed.
Uniform items of Queensland lifting suits, tracksuit jackets, t-shirts & polo shirts are on sale at the QWA office. Email with your questions or order.

Do that little bit extra to prepare for your competition experience. Log into your QWA account and select the “Online referee training” option. Its free of charge and will give you a great idea of what the referees will be looking for.  

Those already qualified make the most of the opportunity by getting some officiating experience at a National Championships – just email with your availability.

We have run out of time for a pre-comp squad training session. Happy to announce that there will be a QWA Masters Squad training session 10-12 on Saturday 4th August at Burleigh Barbell Club for all those interested in attending. Great chance to have your technique critiqued and also an opportunity to catch up with those lifters setting off to Spain for the World Masters Weightlifting Championships.


Published on 13 May 18 - 11:42


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