24th Annual Queensland Sport Awards

Every year since 1995, the Queensland sport industry’s peak body, QSport, has conducted the Queensland Sport Awards. This year we hope to see some weightlifters on the podium when the awards are presented at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on the night of November 28th.

The QWA has nominated three outstanding athletes this year, in the forms of Tia-Clair Orr, Maddison Power and Jett Gaffney. Tia-Clair is nominated in the category of Sport Star of the Year; and Maddison and Jett are both nominated in the Junior Sport Star category.

This year’s awards will be based on achievements in the 12 months up to 30 September 2018 and we’ve submitted the following summaries to QSport, along with the relevant performance statistics of each lifter. We hope that our submissions have done justice to these wonderful athletes and we await Queensland Sport’s night of nights with bated breath and fingers crossed.

Tia-Clair Orr

Tia-Clair Orr was crowned the Fittest Woman on Earth for the second year running at the 2018 CrossFit Games. To date, she is the only Australian woman to ever claim the title, after coming runner-up at the 2015 and 2016 competitions. As a result of accumulated prize money, she is now the most successful CrossFit Games female athlete in the sport’s history.

18 months after starting competitive weightlifting, she represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics. At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, she won gold in the women’s 58kg bodyweight category with a combined total of 201kgs. This was the first Commonwealth Games gold medal won by an Australian woman in weightlifting in 12 years. Tia is currently ranked as the top female weightlifter in Australia across all weight categories.

Tia-Clair’s weightlifting achievements are remarkable considering that she only started competing in the sport in 2013.

Tia-Clair is a passionate ambassador for physical activity and general health & well-being, owning and operating her own gym in Gladstone with her husband and coach Shane. She inspires and motivates thousands of people through her social media outlets, posting workouts and simple nutrition tips for everyday Queenslanders.

Maddison Power

Maddison has been weightlifting for two and a half years. She is the current Australian 53kg Youth and U15 Champion, and a prolific record-breaker. Since October 2017, Maddison has broken 32 Queensland records (3 Junior, 10 Youth, 19 U15) and 6 Australian records (3 Youth, 3 U15).

At just 15 years of age, not only did she qualify to compete in the Australian Senior Championships this year, she came 6th in the 55kg category in a field of 10 athletes, most of whom were at least 10 years older than her.

Maddison represented Australia for the first time in 2017 at the Commonwealth Youth Championships (Gold Coast) and the Pacific Mini Games (Vanuatu). In 2018, she represented Australia at the Oceania Youth Championships (Noumea) where she won a silver medal in the 53kg bodyweight category. Maddison has been selected to represent Australia at the Youth Olympic Games (Argentina) in October 2018.

Jett Gaffney

Jett is 16 years of age and he has been weightlifting for five years. He is the current Australian 62kg Youth Champion and Australian 61kg Senior Champion. Since 1 October 2017, Jett has broken 15 Queensland records (2 Junior, 7 Youth, 6 U15) and 10 Australian records (4 Youth, 6 U15).

Jett represented Australia for the first time in 2017 at the Oceania Youth Championships (Gold Coast) where he won the gold medal in the 56kg category. In 2018, he again represented Australia at the Oceania Youth Championships (Noumea) where he won a silver medal at 62kg. Jett has been selected to represent Australia at the Youth Olympic Games (Argentina) in October 2018.

Published on 28 Sep 18 - 10:37