Volunteer Roster for this weekend.Updated version 13th February

Dear all

Please find the Roster HERE

Please email if you can fill any gaps -  rather than going to sign-up Schedule from this time forward.

If you would like to get some experience in a role and that specific role is already filled it will be possible for you to buddy up with a more senior TO. Just email to organise this.

Loaders please wear your Club t-shirt or QWA shirt, and closed in shoes are a must.

Computer operators please wear your Club t-shirt  or QWA shirt.

Technical Officials need white shirt, navy pants/skirt/dress shorts. No jacket required. Please bring your Blue Cards.

Light refreshments of sandwiches, tea/coffee/water will be available in the VIP room during the competition. Remember to bring your water bottles. Snacks to share will be very welcome.

See you all on the weekend!


Published on 11 Feb 20 - 17:22

Volunteers - Where are you?


With only 30% of competitors having signed up on the Sign-up schedule to Volunteer for the competition this weekend it is very difficult to put together a roster for the weekend. At this point we will be filling the blanks as you weigh-in. Having that awkward conversation at your weigh-in with the Competition Officials won’t be great prep for your competition. The remaining 70% of competitors need to sign up NOW.

There will be the capacity to move around roles on the current sign-up Schedule to suit needs of the event. Remember if you have done your online referee training you can volunteer as a Technical Official. If you are new to this you will be assigned a mentor for the session you volunteer for. Please email to follow up on this.

With our activity around Blue Cards continuing we are yet to see all TO’s have a current Blue Card. Information around how to get one went out in a previous news item.

To cover the gaps this causes, all competitors under 18 years of age MUST have a parent, or a coach/support person with a current Blue Card, in attendance with them at their weigh-in.

A MASSIVE big thank you to those of you who have volunteered who are not competing this weekend. We would not be able to run competitions without your help. 


Published on 11 Feb 20 - 9:42

Blue Cards

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With the first 2020 QWA League Round fast approaching just a reminder that all of our Technical Officials are required to hold a Blue Card unless you are under 18 years of age.This is a QLD Government requirement and it's easy to apply and as a volunteer they are free. If you hold a Blue Card for your job you will still need to apply for a Blue Card as a volunteer. Teachers and Police Officers who are exempt need to apply for an Exemption Card.

How do I apply?

Information can be located on the QLD Government website at 

You can also find information on the QWA website

New Card - Application

Renew an Expired Blue Card

Exemption Blue Card

Technical Officials Handbook

We have also updated our Technical Officials Handbook for 2020 with some new information for Upgrading, Weigh-Ins and Under 13 Competitions. It can be located on our Technical Official Website page

We are still looking for volunteers for League Round 1 and Oly in the Outback. If you are lifting please sign up to a session.


Queensland Weightlifting Association
ABN 96 027 364 324

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Published on 9 Feb 20 - 9:51

February news

QWA Management Committee 

Following on from consultation with Clubs and members in 2019 around the development of the new QWA Strategic Plan 2020-2025 CLICK HERE FOR A COPY work now begins on meeting our  identified goals and outcomes. The QWA Management Committee have taken the first step in this process in offering Mike Keelan a consultancy role that will focus on the development of resources that will escalate the growth of Queensland Weightlifting.

To ensure there is no perceived conflict with this arrangement, Mike Keelan has lodged his resignation from his position as President of the QWA Management Committee. He will now work collaboratively with the QWA MC to attain outcomes detailed in the QWA's current Strategic and Operational Plans.

Stepping up to fill the role of President in the interim will be fellow Management Committee member Rawena Tairi. The AGM of the QWA will now be brought forward earlier in the year to the 8th March so that permanent appointments can be made.

EOI are sought to fill positions on the 2021 Queensland Senior Championships Organisation Subcommittee to be led by MC member Damon Kelly.Please respond via email to by the end of this month. This group will work together to investigate locations, funding options and the presentation of the event.

Queenslanders Representing Australia

The Australian Weightlifting Federation has announced the Athletes and Team Support Personnel who have been selected, and endorsed by the AWF Board of Directors, to represent Australia at the 2020 Oceania Championships and 2020 Commonwealth Championships, taking place in Nauru 21 – 25 April, 2020.

 The 2020 Oceania Championship is the final IWF Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Qualification Event.

The following Queenslanders have been named in the team.

Senior Men:

73kg Brandon Wakeling  

81kg Ryley Porter  

109kg Matthew Lydement


Senior Women:

59kg Erika Yamasaki

64kg Sarah Cochrane

71kg Ebony Gorincu

+87kg Charisma Amoe-Tarrant

Junior Men:

67kg Jett Gaffney


Youth Women:

59kg Lilly Strange

64kg Maddison Power

+81kg Bronwyn Dunne



Senior Team Support Personnel:

Manager Damon Kelly

Head Coach Robert Mitchell

Coaches: Greg Hobl, Angela Wydall, Miles Wydall


Competition date change:

With the move of the Australian U15 & Youth Championships from September to October we now have the QWA League Final clashing with the event. Please be advised that the date for the 2020 Physique Science QWA League Final will now be the 11-12 September 2020 at Milton Weightlifting Club rather than 3-4th October.


Confirmation of competition host:

The QWA Management Committee is pleased to be able to confirm the 2020 Q State Seniors Championships will be hosted by Cougars Weightlifting Club 15-16 August at their club in the Sleeman Complex, Chandler.

Competition Host Club Vacancy:

The QWA has yet to find a host club for the 2020 Physique Science QWA League Round 2 27-28th June. If your club is interested in hosting this event please email asap

NQ Games Weightlifting Event – Townsville:

All QWA athletes are welcome to enter the NQ Games Weightlifting event in Townsville 11th April

By Registering as a competitor in the 2020 Townsville NQ Games you go into the draw to win a Tourism Whitsundays Adventure Holiday valued at over $2,000.

This amazing registration prize package includes accommodation and adventure tours around the Whitsundays.

This fantastic prize will be drawn during the 2020 NQ Games Opening Ceremony April 9th in the new Queensland Country Bank Stadium.


Technical Official Development:

The QWA Management Committee approved funding support for the following IWF Category 1 Qld referees who nominated to officiate at the Australian Open in Canberra later this month. All have current IWF licenses and nominated to officiate at all sessions of the competition. In our bid to ensure we have well qualified Technical Officials within the Queensland Weightlifting Association community we recognize the importance of assisting our TO’s to make use of opportunities for International event experience, particularly on home soil.

Alex Croot

Lesly Moyle

Coral Quinell

2020 Club Affiliations

Applications for 2020 are filtering through to the QWA office. If you haven’t completed yours yet CLICK HERE for a form

Volunteers needed for upcoming competitions

The use of volunteers to run competitions helps the QWA keep the cost of participating low. As recent volunteer numbers haven’t been great we are insisting that if you compete in a competition you volunteer for a minimum of 1 session of the competition – paying volunteer efforts forward. We will be confirming at your weigh-in what role you have signed up for.

To put your name down go to:

Remember all levels of Referees can officiate at the upcoming 2020 Physique Science QWA League and 2020 Q Masters incorporating Oly in the Outback. Just add a comment in the sign-up schedule if you would like to have a more senior referee sit with you.

All QWA members can complete the online QWA Referee training free-of-charge by logging into their QWA account. Even if you do it just to improve your own knowledge of the rules until you feel comfortable on taking on a more formal role.

Published on 7 Feb 20 - 12:14

Research Project EOI for participants

Dear Colleague,


On behalf of QUT’s Design Lab, the following is an invitation to participate in a research project targeting athletes and sports enthusiasts.


The survey linked below is designed to better understand how athletes use wearable technologies, evaluating their experience of these devices within the context of their sporting life.


The aim is to determine the usefulness of these technologies in supporting athletes to make decisions that improve their sports performance and overall health.


Please share this link with any athletes who currently use or have used wearable technologies to monitor their health and fitness.   


Health Technology User Experience Survey


If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at



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Published on 6 Feb 20 - 9:56


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