MASTERS // 2017 September

QWA Masters Newsletter


We had over 60 athletes make their mark on the platform at the Qld Masters Championships in Toowoomba last weekend, with over 30 records broken, including 6 Australian Masters records! Congratulations to all, and thank you to our hosts Toowoomba Weightlifting Club who put on a great event. Also thanks to all our officials and volunteers for giving your time over the weekend. Full results can be found here.

Entries for the 2017 Australian & Oceania Masters Championships, Pacific Rim Masters Tournament and Masters World Cup have now closed, and the preliminary schedule and start list will be out in the next week or so. Stay tuned to the Facebook page for updates.

If you have any suggestions on how we can make QWA Masters better, please send us an email to, we’d love to hear from you.

QWA Masters Committee
Tara Noonan, Callum Hannay, Lawrie Townsend, Barry Harden & Nathan Sainsbury.

Upcoming Events (Masters Highlights)

Sep 15-17 JME Qld Club Challenge Round 3 (Various Clubs)
No qualifying requirements, contact your local club to enter
Oct 7-8 Uesaka Barbell Australia Queensland Cup (Cougars)
No qualifying requirements, see Facebook event for info
Oct 14 Qld Masters Squad Training (Brisbane Barbell Club)
Social day, open to all. Register your interest via Facebook
Oct 27-30 Australian Masters Championships (Surfers Paradise)
2017 Masters World Cup
Pacific Rim Masters Tournament
Nov 25 Uesaka Barbell Australia QWA Masters League Final (Brisbane Barbell) Uesaka League qualifying & rules
Qld Masters Championships

Qld Masters Championships Comp Wrap-Up by Kim Walker

This year the Queensland Masters Championships were held in Toowoomba. I always enjoy heading back to Toowoomba as I spent a lot of my younger years in the area. Whenever I visit, I always prepare for the cold! Thankfully for those of us that lifted on Saturday, it was a lovely warm day. A few of us even took the opportunity to have a relaxing lunch in the sun before we lifted. Unfortunately for those lifting on Sunday, the weather was not so lovely, with a few more clouds and a chilly breeze.

Overall, the atmosphere for the whole weekend was very relaxed and supportive. On behalf of all the competitors, I want to acknowledge the efforts of all of the volunteers that helped officiate over the weekend. Also, thank you to the members of the Toowoomba Weightlifting Club, who did a great job of keeping us all well fed and hydrated over the weekend with a yummy selection of food, drinks and most importantly, coffee. There was consistently a good crowd across the weekend. Their support of the lifters was awesome, always giving extra encouragement and cheering when needed! My step-sister and her husband live in Toowoomba, so they came along to watch and said that they thoroughly enjoyed seeing the display of strength and commitment by the competitors.

I can honestly say this competition was the most enjoyable I have done so far in my weightlifting journey. I went into this competition with a focus on enjoying myself and trying to do my best. I feel like I was able to do this with the support of my coach and fellow competitors. I also really enjoyed getting to experience other people’s happiness at achieving their goals they have worked so hard for. Some of the highlights for me included:

  • competing alongside Rachel Nicola – an under 53kg lifter in the 40-44 year category. On the day, she broke Queensland records in the snatch, clean and jerk and total
  • competing with ladies who were lifting for their first time in an official competition
  • watching my training buddies Colin Schram and Rob Davison achieve PB’s on the platform, as well as Rob breaking the Queensland and Australian Clean and Jerk record!
  • watching Dale Finlayson lifting a 115kg snatch to break the Queensland record

Now it’s back into training, preparing for the upcoming Oceania Championships, Pacific Rim Tournament, and World Cup on the Gold Coast in October.

Congratulations to our record breakers!

  • Claire Park - W40/90kg, QLD record - 35kg snatch
  • Dale Finlayson - M35/M85kg, QLD records - 115kg snatch, 136kg c&j, 251kg total
  • Dion Walmsley- M50/85kg, QLD records - 110kg c&j, 190kg total
  • Jeff Davie - M40/94kg, QLD record - 123kg c&j
  • Lainie Carter - F40/90kg, QLD record - 35kg snatch
  • Lisa Souter - F40/48kg, QLD records - 39kg snatch, 89kg total
  • Meg Emerton - F60/69kg, AWF records - 40kg snatch, 92kg total
  • Natalie Jones - F35/48kg, QLD record - 47kg c&j, 79kg total
  • Rachel Nicola - F40/53, QLD records - 51kg snatch, 72kg c&j, 123kg total
  • Robert Davison - M40/77kg, AWF record - 125kg c&j
  • Robyn Morgan - F40/90kg, QLD records - 60kg snatch, 81kg c&j, 141kg total
  • Tara Noonan - F35/53kg, QLD records - 61kg snatch, 137kg total
  • Telia Dennis - F40/90kg, QLD records - 42kg snatch, 52kg c&j, 94kg total
  • Tina Eilola - F40/90kg+, AWF records - 45kg snatch, 61kg c&j, 106kg total

Full results from the Qld Masters Championships are available here

Some photos from the weekend are on the Queensland Weightlifting Facebook page.

Mobility Tips for Happy Hips!

Mobility Tips for Happy Hips!

Last month our Masters training session at Gold Coast Weightlifting Club concluded with a great cool-down with Michael Miller from Without Limits Strength & Conditioning sharing some excellent mobility exercises which had us cramping trying to keep up with him!

This demonstration video is great for pre or post training, and each position can be done for approximately 10 repetitions or “pulses” depending on your level of mobility. As always go easy the first few times to loosen up the joints, before slowly reaching the positions that Mike can reach! He’s been at it for 30+ years so don’t be disheartened. We all have to start somewhere. Have fun!

Hip Mobility Video with Mike Miller

Qld Masters Squad Training

Qld Masters Squad Training

Saturday 14 October, 10am-12pm
Brisbane Barbell Club
40 Mayne Rd, Bowen Hills, Brisbane

Open to all QWA Masters, Brisbane Barbell Club will be hosting a FREE training session as a chance to get together for a lift and a chat before the 2017 Australian & Oceania Masters Championships, Pacific Rim Masters Tournament and Masters World Cup on the Gold Coast.

Run by QWA Masters & Management Committee members Tara Noonan & Callum Hannay, the session will begin with a group warmup, and coaching feedback will be available on technique or movements the athletes feel they may need.

This will also be an opportunity for a Q&A with the Qld Masters Committee.

» Please register your interest here

Social Media Snippets

Social Media Snippets

Queensland Weightlifting is now on Instagram! Follow us at Tag your posts with #qldweightlifting and our unique Qld Masters hashtag #qwamasters to be featured.

If you're competing at the Australian & Oceania Masters Championships, Pacific Rim Masters Tournament and Masters World Cup in October, join the Facebook group Mastering On The Gold Coast for additional updates and to chat with fellow participants.

Meet our Masters - Lincoln Hanson

This month we meet "Liftin' Lincoln" Hanson, a coach at Ultra Crossfit and trainee pilot, who recently represented Australia for the first time at the 2017 World Masters Games in Auckland.

Lincoln competes in the 35-39 age group in the 69kg category and trains at Cougars Weightlifting Club.

During high school I was quite competitive in rugby union and kept playing into my 20's, but after a few injuries I decided to give up sports for a while and focus on my “social life”. In my mid 30's I discovered crossfit, which led me to weightlifting.

I become more involved in the sport after I decided to do my AWF Level 1 Coaching certification, as I found the weightlifting aspect of crossfit to be quite interesting and challenging.

I was surprised to have the opportunity to represent my country at this year’s World Masters Games in Auckland, so when the opportunity presented itself, I took it! It is indescribable how awesome it is to lift for your country on the world stage. It has really proven to me that it is never too late to not only achieve personal goals in sport but also to compete against others at a high level.

My love for this sport keeps me motivated, along with the awesome friends I am making through weightlifting, the competition and of course the side effects of having a strong and fit body are nice too!

I found weightlifting through crossfit, so just because you are doing another sport doesn’t mean weightlifting isn’t going to be for you. In fact, a lot people in weightlifting have come from various other sports to help with the strength aspect of their game. And many of them find it so addictive they make weightlifting their full-time sport. Give it ago, you might get addicted too.

Lincoln Hanson
Published on 3 Sep 17 - 16:41