News Bulletin


Reminder that entries close for the League Round 2 Competition August 5-6 on the Gold Coast this weekend. AND Entries close for the Queensland Masters Championships 26-27 August on the 7th August. Remember that you need to lift in the State Masters if you wish to be part of the Queensland team contesting the National Masters at the Gold Coast in October. 

We will need Technical Officials and volunteers for both competitions so keep an eye out for EOI in your "mailbox".

A BIG thank you to all those who assisted in making the National U15 & Youth Championships such a success.  

Can you believe it.........Only 259 days till 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games kicks off!!! Have heard on the grapevine that the volunteer interviews are currently underway. For the athletes - Hope everyone's training is going to plan!!!!

Published on 19 Jul 17 - 8:33

Go the mighty Maroons!!

2017 Australian U15/Youth Championships, Brisbane.

On 8-9th July, a team of 55 eager, young Queensland Weightlifters from far and wide flocked to Cougars Weightlifting Club to take on the best U15/Youth lifters in Australia. Every presentation saw a flood of maroon in the line-up, with the first 2 sessions on Saturday morning topping the count, having an incredible 10-11 Queensland lifters in each session! How fortunate are we, having such a strong contingent of young lifters loving our sport and coming up the ranks.

To say this competition was a success is an understatement! Again, Queensland won all 4 team shields - U15 Male and Female and Youth Male and Female. This means that 2017 saw Queensland take home all 8 Team Shields at National Competition - an outstanding achievement for which we should all be so proud.

Congratulations to the following lifters on receiving Best Lifter Awards:-

Jett Gaffney - Best Lifter U15 Male

Saphire Abraham – Best Lifter Youth Female

Ben Ward – Best Lifter Youth Male.


Qld Team:

Team Shield Presentation:

The enthusiasm and enjoyment of the sport shown by every lifter who competed was infectious. There were so many memorable individual performances over the 2 days of competition; many medals won and countless PB’s broken by our young Queensland athletes. Every session drew an impressive crowd of spectators, and the AWF live video link made it very easy for friends and family at home to keep up with the action.

Full Competition Results available: CLICK HERE

Qld Medallists Australian U15/Youth Championships

Female U15yrs

Rykah Ross Gold F44

Emily Hinschen Bronze F44

Lauren Hastings Gold F48

Maia Ratana-Leef Silver F48

Bridie Garland Bronze F48

Maddison Power Gold F53

Desree Barnes Silver F53

Amity Salisbury Silver F53

Katie Ward Silver F58

Ella Taylor Bronze F58

Alana Evans Gold F63

Breanna Gow Bronze F63

Maddie Joslin Silver F69

Adelaide Utz Bronze F69

Kylie Salisbury Bronze F75

Bronwyn Dunn Gold F75+

Tamika Solofa Silver F75+

Female Youth:

Rykah Ross Gold F44

Lauren Hastings Silver F48

Maddison Power Gold F53

Desree Barnes Silver F53

Brooke Wylie Silver F58

Alana Evans Gold F63

Ella Jones Silver F69

Saphire Abraham Gold F75+

Bronwyn Dunne Silver F75+

Makayla Dingle Bronze F75+

Male U15Yrs

Mason Catlow-Elliott Gold M50

Lochlan Roberts Silver M50

Luke Bidgood Bronze M50

Jett Gaffney Gold M56

Cooper Ward Silver M62

Jed Rogers Bronze M62

Mathew Laird Bronze M69

Jaspa Hope Gold M77

Tashaun-Jackson Solofa Bronze M77

Kai Johnstone Gold M85

Michael Abraham Silver M85

Angus Ward Bronze M85

Mackenzie Barrington-Jacobi Gold M94

Dane Pannowitz Silver M94

Angus Loft Gold M94+

Jack Goundry Silver M94+

Male Youth

Jett Gaffney Gold M56

Matthew Eichmann Gold M62

Cooper Ward Silver M62

Mathew Laird Bronze M69

Ethan Catlow-Elliott Gold M77

Joel Richards Bronze M77

Charlton Utz Gold M85

Ben Ward Gold M94

Adam Smidt Silver M94

Of course, every Team’s success is also the result of much hard work and co-ordination behind the scenes, before and during the event, by Team Coaches and Officials.

Queensland Team Officials: Angela Wydall (Head Coach), Miles Wydall (Coach), Regan Hams (Coach), Linzey Beister (Coach), Cameron Arthur and Kathy Cameron (Assistant Intern Coaches) and Sonia Stenhouse (Team Manager).

Recognition must also go to Deb Keelan, Acting General Manager, QWA, and Kylie Booth, QWA, for their tireless work in co-ordinating our team’s participation in this year’s Australian Championships.

Team Officials: 

A very big thankyou to Cougars Weightlifting Club for hosting such a successful National Championships. Thank you to all their members who donated their time over the weekend to assist in any way. We understand the amount of work that goes into hosting an event such as this, and we certainly appreciate it.

So once again, well done to all athletes, parents, Clubs and coaches for your support in growing the sport of weightlifting in Queensland! It was a pleasure to meet you all over the weekend, and I had a lot of fun throughout the 55 weigh-ins and warmups, getting to know all our lifters. They are awesome kids! Time now to settle back into training, with plenty more weightlifting to come this year. Qld All Schools Championships, to be held 11 November 2017 at the Gold Coast, is another highlight for our young lifters, so mark that date on your calendar now. I look forward to see you there 😊

Sonia Stenhouse


Published on 14 Jul 17 - 8:11

QWA President Message

I am so proud of my State after winning all 8 National team shields this year – a clean sweep !

A big thank you to all the lifters, clubs, coaches, officials, parents, partners, committee members and staff that are part of the QWA organisation, a result like this is impossible without you guys and the legacy of countless people involved in the past.

We need to keep on supporting and educating each other and making sure the sport is fun for all involved.😀

Miles Wydall – President QWA

Queensland U15 & Youth Team

Queensland Junior & Senior Team



Published on 12 Jul 17 - 7:46

Urgent update - Pacific Cup International

Good afternoon,


The AWF Office has been officially informed that the IWF will not recognise the performances of guest lifters at the 2017 Oceania Senior Championships.

As such, athletes who have not lifted in an IWF qualification event to date or have not been selected to lift in an IWF qualification event prior to October, 2017, have only one opportunity left to be eligible to contest the Final Nomination Trials and that is to contest the 2017 Pacific Cup in NCL on 5th August.

Any AWF member who has a strong desire to be in contention to be nominated to the CGA to be a 2018 Commonwealth Games team member may contest the 2017 Pacific Cup International which will take place on 5th August, so long as they have the personal funds to cover transport to and from New Caledonia.

Obviously, to be eligible to contest the Final Nomination Trials other criteria will have to be met but by lifting at an IWF approved qualification event such as the 2017 Pacific Cup International the athlete can tick that criteria box.


I remind you all that entries must be submitted via State Member emails and copied to email no later than Monday 10th July, 2017.

This information will be posted on the AWF website and circulated through AWF social media channels.


Published on 6 Jul 17 - 16:53

Pacific Cup International

Good morning,


Paul Coffa MBE, General Secretary, Oceania Weightlifting Federation (OWF), has been able to convince the IWF to have a tournament at the Oceania Institute, New Caledonia, on 5th August, 2017. The event is the Pacific Cup International which is normally scheduled for December.


The Pacific Cup International has been approved by the IWF as a Commonwealth Games Qualification Event.


Should any of your member athletes wish to contest this Commonwealth Games Qualification Event they must notify your office and copying in AWF Office via email no later than Monday 10th July, 2017.


Athletes will be responsible for organising and paying for expenses related to ground and air transport, the OWF has generously offered to cover accommodation and meals during the stay in New Caledonia. It is envisaged that competitors will arrive in Noumea on Friday 4th August, compete on

Saturday 5th August and depart Noumea on Sunday 6th August, 2017.


This information will be posted on the AWF website and circulated through AWF social media channels.



Published on 6 Jul 17 - 9:25


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