Featured News

2016 National Championships - Part 1

The Event

By Ian Moir

Well, the National Senior & Junior Championships are over for another year and I couldn’t be happier. I don’t mean that I’m glad the championships are over; but rather that, as the manager of the competition and the host organisation this year, I’m delighted that the show went off almost without a hitch.

There were a couple of small deficiencies, but they went unnoticed by almost everyone else and I can honestly say that, to my mind and to my great satisfaction, this was the best National Championships that the QWA has ever delivered.

There were a number of factors that contributed to the event’s success, not least of which was the contribution made by dozens of people in various roles who performed their duties with skill and dedication. The superb venue also played a big part. If only the warm-up area was twice its current size, the Chandler Theatre could do justice to a world championship event.

I’m sincerely grateful to all of the Technical Officials and other volunteers who contributed so magnificently to the success of this event; and I’d like to make special mention of a few people in particular.

Firstly, Mike Keelan. Not only did Mike lift and carry bars, weights and pieces of platform to set up and dismantle the competition, but he even brought his own truck in to do it! Then he and Lyn Jones alternated, session by session, as the competition announcers. It was just great work all round.

Craig Wegert. Craig arranged the hoarding and signage that made an excellent backdrop to the competition platform, all at no cost to the AWF or QWA. And he too brought his own truck! Craig and Barry Harden also graciously took on extra officiating duties when a couple of other technical officials had to withdraw at short notice.

Damon Kelly. Damon did it all. He helped with the setup on Thursday; loaded and officiated on Friday; competed on Sunday and won his 10th National Championship title; and then helped to pull it all apart on Sunday night. Legend!

Bowen Stuart. Bowen helped with the heavy lifting before the competition and then spent three days in the control room at the top of the theatre, making sure that the event was broadcast worldwide via the internet; and taking thousands of photos for us all to enjoy later, on the AWF Facebook page.

Melissa Robinson and Jason Tong. A couple of outstanding medical professionals who took good care of two lifters who unfortunately sustained serious injuries. Thank you, Mel and Jason. The wellbeing of all competitors could not have been in better hands.

Daniel Morrison loaded all day on the Friday and came back for more on Saturday and Sunday. In all, Dan loaded the barbell for eight out of the thirteen competition sessions. Dan is The Man.

Ethan Catlow-Elliott turned up to load every session that he had volunteered for; and didn’t hesitate to put his hand up for more work when there were gaps to be filled. A first-class effort, Ethan.

And to our Tasmanian and Western Australian friends who stayed back and helped with the bump-out on Sunday night: your generosity is greatly appreciated.

If you came to the National Championships in Brisbane last weekend and enjoyed the experience, as a competitor, as a coach, or as a spectator; and you see one of the people listed below at your club or at some future event, please go up to them and just say: “thanks for what you did at the nationals”. They deserve it.

CICK HERE  for the Championships Results Book.

Published on 16 Sep 16 - 11:41

Olitek 2015 National Senior & Junior Championships

The Olitek 2015 National Senior & Junior Championships, held at the Eleiko Victorian Weightlifting Stadium in Hawthorn, Melbourne, provided some great battles within a number of categories; and also within the State v State team competition.

Our friendly rivals from South of the Tweed numbered up this year and the New South Wales contingent was the largest of all at the 2015 Olitek Championships. The Victorians at home are always strong; and with 38 Queenslanders added to the mix, the team competition quickly became a tight three-cornered contest.

Queensland’s lifters were supported by coaches Miles Wydall (Head Coach), Angela Wydall, Greg Hobl and Linzey Beister; and Team Manager Tony Ropati-Frost.

In a field of 46 women and 92 men, Queensland’s lifters won a total of 9 Gold medals, 8 Silver medals; and 8 bronze medals.

Queensland's National Championship Medallists

The stand-out performance of the entire 2015 Olitek Championships would have to be Erika Ropati-Frost’s history-making third attempt in the clean & jerk. Weighing in at 52.75kg, Erika jerked 106kg to be the first Australian woman to lift more than twice her bodyweight.

 CLICK HERE to see Queenslander Erika Ropati-Frost make Australian weightlifting history.

Not surprisingly after such an historic performance, Erika Ropati-Frost came 1st in the Senior Women’s Best Lifter stakes.

Damon Kelly finished 2nd overall in the Senior Men’s competition

And Leo Lark was the Best Junior Male Lifter

Queensland won the Team shields for Junior Women and Senior Women; and in a very close finish, Victoria won the Senior Men’s shield; and NSW won the Junior Men’s competition.

The AWF's Media Unit was in full swing at the Olitek Championships and post-competition interviews featuring a range of athletes, including a number of Queensland’s finest, are available for viewing here: AWF Athlete Interviews

CLICK HERE  for the competition results of the Olitek 2015 National Senior & Junior Championships


The Queensland Government provides funding for the Queensland Weightlifting Association to get more Queenslanders active through sport and recreation.

Published on 4 Sep 15 - 12:11

2015 North Queensland Open

26 March 2015

North Queensland Open

The inaugural North Queensland Open Weightlifting Tournament was a great success. Forty-four competitors from Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach and Mackay stepped onto the platform at the Mates4Mates Centre, Townsville, last Saturday.

The competition was conducted in four age groups for men and women – Youth, Junior, Senior; and Masters – with the placings determined by applying the Sinclair formula in the Youth, Junior and Senior groups; and the Malone-Meltzer and Sinclair formulas for the Masters.

The Whitsunday Weightlifting Club dominated the tournament with 16 lifters; and the Cairns Green Ants were also well represented. Many of the lifters in the NQ Open were competing for the first time; and most of those who had competed before achieved new Personal Best results.

Scott and Laura Amies and the Townsville Weightlifting Club did a great job preparing the venue, and the competition ran smoothly.

CLICK HERE  for the full competition results.

2015 North Queensland Open Medalists:

Youth Women:

2. Lily Wilson  1. Chelsea Nicoll  3. Emily Hinschen

Junior Women:

1. Alyssa Collins

Senior Women:

 2. Kim Hoang  1. Catherine Savory 3. Holly Armstrong

Masters Women:

2. Fiona Muxlow  1. Leanne Knox  3. Bernadette Porter

Youth Men:

2. Corey Smith  1. Jarred Hautaniemi  3. Matthew Causer

Junior Men:

2. Matthew Warren  1. Justice Fletcher

Senior Men:

2. Tim Holdsworth  1. David De Rose  3. Stephen Borgna

Masters Men:

2. Nathan Sainsbury  1. Rob Innes


Best Female Lifter: Leanne Knox (Whitsunday Weightlifting Club)


Best Male Lifter: David De Rose (Cairns Green Ants)

Published on 26 Mar 15 - 13:27

Queensland Dominates the Olitek National Championships

At the recent Olitek 2014 National Senior & Junior Championships, many of the Melbourne locals described the warm conditions as “Queensland weather”. How appropriate that was. Because, while the sun shone brightly outside, Queensland’s lifters were on fire inside the Eleiko Victorian Weightlifting Stadium, home to this year’s “Olitek Nationals”.

With 54 lifters, Queensland pipped the host state by one, to be the largest contingent at these Olitek National Championships. And it was a team of quality as well as quantity, supported by coaches Miles Wydall (Head Coach), Angela Wydall, Greg Hobl and Craig Wegert; and Team Manager Tony Ropati-Frost.


In a field of 59 women and 121 men, Queensland’s lifters won a total of 9 Gold medals, 12 Silver medals; and 6 bronze medals.

In the Best Lifter stakes, Erika Ropati-Frost and Deborah Acason came 1st and 2nd respectively, in the Senior Women’s category.


Leo Lark was the Best Junior Male Lifter


and Michelle Kahi finished 3rd among the Junior Women.


Queensland won the Team shields for Junior Men; Junior Women; and Senior Women.  These 2014 titles are now added to the National Youth Men’s; Youth Women’s; Under 15 Men’s; and Under 15 Women’s shields that Queensland's younger lifters won back in October.

Victoria won the Senior Men’s shield, which is the only national team trophy that Queensland didn’t win this year. Seven out of eight is a great result, but we can’t rest on our laurels if we want to make it a clean sweep next year.  Look out 2015, the Queenslanders are coming!

CLICK HERE  for the results of the Olitek 2014 National Senior & Junior Championships


The Queensland Government provides funding for the Queensland Weightlifting Association to get more Queenslanders active through sport and recreation.

Published on 4 Dec 14 - 16:04

2014 Queensland All Schools Championships

Students from 21 schools competed in the 2014 Queensland All Schools Championships, recently held at Toowoomba.

Fraser Jeavons (Brisbane Grammar School) broke Australian and Queensland Youth Records in the Clean & Jerk and Total; Jett Gaffney (Mackenzie State Campus) broke Australian and Queensland Under 15 Records in the Snatch and Total; and Aden Creed (Toowoomba SHS) broke a Queensland Youth Clean & Jerk Record.

The competition for the Best Lifter award in the Open Male division couldn’t have been much closer. The Sinclair scores of Harrison Gaffney (Rochedale SHS) and Jack Childs (Brisbane Grammar School) had to be scrutinised down to four decimal places, with the winner decided by a margin of 0.0008.

Harrison Gaffney from Rochedale State High School was the Best Male Lifter overall


Joshua Mak from St Laurence’s College was the Best Under 15 Male Lifter


Lydia Olsen from St Mary’s College was the Best Female Lifter overall


Ella Jones from Caloundra State High School was the Best Under 15 Female Lifter


The boys from St Laurence’s College won the Roman Wojcieszuk Shield again this year


CLICK HERE for the full competition results.

Published on 27 Oct 14 - 13:39


< Prev  Next>