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