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
Published on 4 Dec 14 - 16:04
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