Wrap-up of the 2018 AWF Australian, Oceania & Open Masters Championships

On the last weekend of May, 35 of our fearless over-35’s braved not only the competition platform at the 2018 AWF Australian, Oceania & Open Masters Championships, but also the unpredictable weather of its host city, Melbourne.

Prepared for all seasons, the QWA Masters descended upon the Hawthorn Weightlifting Club in a sea of maroon, pushing winter woolies and post weigh-in snacks by the trolley-load. It wasn’t hard to “Spot the Queenslander” when the mercury dropped well below temperatures our team was accustomed to.

Led by Head Coach Cameron Arthur, the coaching team was a great support to our athletes who competed in 9 sessions across dual platforms over the 3-day competition. It was great having such a strong coaching presence at a Masters event, something we hope to continue in the future. Thank you Cameron, and to Assistant Coaches Dean Callaghan, Jim Mildren and Blake Repine.

Sadly, after calling Queensland home for 7 years, the Championship Women’s Shield chose to move on, but we’re confident she’ll be back in the Sunshine State soon. Congratulations to Team Victoria who won both the Men’s and Women’s team awards in the National competition, and we’re pleased to say Australia won both team awards in the Oceania competition.

Massive congratulations to our two Age Group Champions, Graham Walker (45-49) and Diana Loy (50-54) for bringing home the coveted AWF trophies, and well done to Karuna Hoole, Rachael Robinson and Rachel Nicola for setting new Queensland Masters records in their respective categories.

Congratulations also to Althea Mackie, Blake Repine, James Mildren, John Beavers, Katja Jensen, Michelle Kinnane, Nicole Swanson, Rachael Robinson, Sandra Branson and Telia Tonkin for lifting personal bests during the competition.

Special mention to the oldest athletes in the competition… both hailing from Victoria, Elaine Janes (73 years old) and Chris Holt (82 years old) are still lifting strong, proving that age is just a number and weightlifting is a sport for all ages.

Our special thanks go out to everyone who volunteered their time to help as Technical Officials, these competitions can’t run without you, and we greatly appreciate all that you do.

Full competition results can be found here

Please mark Saturday 11 August in your diaries for the next QWA Masters Squad Training Day, a get together ahead of the IWF Masters Championships in Barcelona. Everyone is welcome.

Published on 7 Jun 18 - 16:26