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
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Published on 4 Sep 15 - 12:11