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QWA News 15th May 2020

Hoping that you are all keeping well, and managing to do at least a little bit of training so your return to the gym isn’t too much of a shock!!

Following Wednesday evenings QWA Management Committee meeting via Teleconference we wish to advise:

Return to Sport Update

The QWA office/Management Committee is very much involved with information sharing and pre planning with State peak bodies regarding the return of play for sport in Queensland. Restrictions being lifted as of 15th May are only intended to apply to LEISURE ACTIVITIES. Not organised return to training. Our first opportunity to recommence training within our clubs will be the 12th June.  In the period from now until the June date the QWA will be finalising our draft COVID – Safe document to go to the QLD Government for approval so that we are up and ready to roll come June 12th. This can then be adopted by our affiliated clubs whilst taking into consideration their own unique differences - size of each facility, membership numbers etc. The workload of the Chief Health Officer and team is already significant so please do not lodge individual plans for your club with them. More prescriptive infomration is expected from the Department of Sport in the next few days.

Who, What, When, Where...

Items you could start thinking about are the sizes of your floor space, access to hand washing facilities or hand sanitiser, scheduling training sessions to specific times and duration, supplies you will need for gym equipment to be cleaned between use by different members, how you are going to educate members on a standard cleaning regime, removal of bench seating and adding in single seating per platform, removal of chalk bowls, gym signage that reminds members about healthy community guidelines, where possible one designated entry point with another used for exit, and how to keep data on every individual gym member who uses your facility during this period re contact details, training time, platform number - in a contact-free manner, environmental cleaning of your gym and in particular high touch areas including shared bathrooms.

Member Engagement

We have had two Teleconference meetings with Club Representatives during the shut- down period, and plan to continue these into the future on a monthly basis – circulating through different regions with small groups of up to 5 clubs invited to specific meetings.

Thank you to Tara Noonan for her series of Social Media Posts featuring our Olympic hopefuls.

You have a chance of winning one of three prize packs of a pair of QWA socks and a QWA lanyard by logging into your QWA account and doing your Online Referee training – you can redo a level or choose to complete a new level. Remember we are aiming for all active QWA Technical Officials to complete online referee training yearly. Promotion concludes 12 June 2020.

Competitions

Taking into account Queensland Government restrictions on the organisation of mass gatherings and the earliest date for the relaxation of restrictions on the size of gatherings set as the 10th July we wish to provide some advice about up and coming events on the existing QWA calendar.

The Club Challenge will be the first competition back - July 24-26. This will also align with the Eleiko Email Tournament dates.

Formal postponement of the Youth & U15 States at Toowoomba in light of return to mass gathering predicted dates falling only 1 week prior to the scheduled competition date was agreed on. This will assist with any changes to the proposed 10th July date by QLD Government, and also allow for an appropriate lead time for organising a State Championship Competition.

We will also have more information to share once we hear AWF plans for the resumption of National Championships. Our existing calendar will then be updated.

Other items to consider may be that as there is no qualifying standard required for competition in the U15 Nationals, and to work through limits to size of gatherings, there may be no State U15 Championships in 2020, just an Under 17 Championships. All going well U15’s will have the All Schools to look forward to in November.

Lets all make sure we do the right thing so that we can return to some level of business as usual. Remember restrictions are set by the State Government and can be changed with little or no prior notice responding to the state of the communities health at large.

Active QWA Coaches

The QWA is pleased to introduce a policy of decreased membership fee rate for QWA Coaches with 5 or more registered QWA member lifters. These eligible QWA coaches will be able to take out  Competition Official Non Lifter/Non Coach membership and still be fully covered for competing/lifting themselves. A small thank you for the vital role they play in our sport.

Other

Reminder to support the AWF iSO LIFT Virtual Tournament. Find more information here: https://olift.awf.com.au/olift/entry/

The updated QWA Social Media Policy can be found HERE

This will replace the existing document currently on the QWA Website. Remember that when you sign up as a QWA member you are agreeing to abide by all of the policy’s of the QWA.

The QWA now has its very own QWA lanyards. QWA members with a Blue Card will be eligible for a free lanyard – to be collected at specified competitions on presentation of your Blue Card, or you will be able to purchase them from our Merchandise store: https://queensland-weightlifting.myshopify.com/

Blue Cards can be applied for during this period – just use 15 Barrie Road, Araluen, Q 4570 as the postal address rather than the usual QWA address. Applications can also be emailed in at any time to qwa@qwa.org or officiating@qwa.org

Any questions regarding any of the above please email qwa@qwa.org

Have an awesome weekend!

Deb:)

 

Published on 15 May 20 - 12:21

Queensland to Tokyo - Charisma Amoe-Tarrant

Queensland to Tokyo - Charisma Amoe-Tarrant

With the recent world events, the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games has been postponed exactly one year, and will now be celebrated 23 July 2021 – 8 August 2021.

Another interview in our series introducing Queensland's Olympic hopefuls... working towards making their dreams of representing our sport on the biggest stage of all, come true.

With her signature hype-call and a showstopping 260kg back squat, the energy Cougars Weightlifting Club athlete Charisma Amoe-Tarrant brings to a room is contagious and electric.

After winning a silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games for her birth country of Nauru, Charisma made the emotional decision to switch her sporting nationality to Australia, having lived here since 2012 and becoming a citizen in 2016.

Charisma has since donned the green and gold at a number of international competitions, and hopes to add the Olympic Games to her already impressive competition history.

I’ve been doing weightlifting for a while now, almost 10 years. The first time I touched a bar was in my birth country Nauru. I was 11 years old and not very keen on it, as at the time I was focusing more on shot put and discus.

I was tricked into doing the sport by my uncle, who was a weightlifting coach at the time. He'd been nagging me to join and I kept saying "no", but eventually we struck up a deal to train together for one week, and if after that I still didn’t like lifting, he would leave me alone!

He must have seen the potential in me, because after that first week of training with him I fell in love with the sport and completely forgot about all my other goals and just wanted to keep lifting.

How are you involved with developing the sport of weightlifting in Queensland?

I’m not officially involved with coaching, but I try to help out anyone who has questions, and by setting an example to the younger lifters in the gym.

Really, all I want is to make sure that I support everyone in any way that I can, and when they’re doing well, in training or competition... I can’t help but get fired up!

How have your training priorities changed in the lead up to Tokyo 2020?

Training has changed a lot since COVID-19 showed up. With the Olympics being pushed to next year, I’m using this time to focus more on myself mentally, since I have my moments now and then with the sport. I'm resetting my mind again. I am also very lucky and grateful for my good friend Mia for letting me train at her place during this time.

Who are your supporters and sponsors who have helped on your Olympic Games journey?

There are lot of people who are supporting me on this journey, the Australian Weightlifting Federation, my friends, family and grandparents, and coach Angela Wydall.

Angie has been nothing but patient with me since I started training with her. I’m not perfect, I've had so many up-and-down moments I didn’t think anyone would be able to keep up! But she is always there no matter what, and for that I am very grateful to her. No words can describe how thankful I am (and also sorry for always making her worry about me all the time!).

Tell us about your life outside the gym.

When I'm not training I love spending time with family and friends, otherwise really I’m just focusing on training and nothing else.

What would it mean to you to make the 2020 Australian Olympic Team?

To make it to the Olympics would sure be an early dream come true, but if I don't make it, I would still be grateful for the opportunity to be in the running at least. There’s always a next time, and you just gotta keep trying no matter what. Never regret, always be thankful.

 

Charisma is in hot contention for the Continental – Oceania spot in the F87+ category.

The Tokyo Summer Olympic Games will now be held 23 July 2021 – 8 August 2021.

 

 

Published on 12 May 20 - 15:58

Queensland to Tokyo - Erika Yamasaki

Queensland to Tokyo - Erika Yamasaki

With the recent world events, the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games has been postponed exactly one year, and will now be celebrated 23 July 2021 – 8 August 2021.

Another interview in our series introducing Queensland's Olympic hopefuls... working towards making their dreams of representing our sport on the biggest stage of all, come true.

Having dedicated two decades of her life to the sport, the name Erika Yamasaki is synonymous with Olympic weightlifting in Australia.

A Life Member of the QWA and Cougars Weightlifting Club, Erika has represented Australia at a large number of international events including three Commonwealth Games (becoming a medalist on home soil in 2006), and remains the only Australian woman to lift double bodyweight in the clean and jerk.

This year marks 20 years of being involved in weightlifting, after I was first introduced in Year 8 by QWA development officer Scott Robinson through the Talent Identification Program. At the time I didn't know what weightlifting was, and oh boy... just how much that moment would shape my entire life!

That first day I clean and jerked my bodyweight (35kgs), having never having touched a weightlifting bar before in my life. The only bars I'd ever known were the uneven bars in gymnastics, the handle bars on my bike... and the many chocolate bars I'd consumed over time.

How are you involved with developing the sport of weightlifting in Queensland?

Over the years I have dipped my toes in coaching, held positions on the Cougars Weightlifting Club and QWA committees, been involved with weightlifting demonstrations, and spoken at schools and awards nights.

I enjoy regularly volunteering at competitions as an official and hold an IWF International Category 2 Referee qualification, and once I retire from competing I hope to become more involved with coaching and will continue officiating.

How have your training priorities changed in the lead up to Tokyo 2020?

During the qualification period most things have stayed the same, and I continue to work full-time, so mainly I've had to change my mental state, focusing on managing my anxiety, my bodyweight and completing my training sessions.

In addition to some personal obstacles, I struggled a lot psychologically after not making the team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and felt I was in no position to make an Olympics based on the previous qualification system. I was also struggling to train, and would often feel too sleepy driving to training, and fall asleep in the club car park from too much anxiety during the day.

Once the new system was announced, I had to try to get myself back into training mode and push harder than ever to meet the criteria to stay in contention for Tokyo 2020. I had put on a lot of weight, but once I started to get on top of things, everything started to fall into place, and each one, at exactly the right time.

Who are your supporters and sponsors who have helped on your Olympic Games journey?

I feel like there are too many to list! I have been lifting for such a long time and this journey hasn't just been the last 1.5yrs towards qualifying for Tokyo, but really since I began lifting. The ultimate goal has always been to one day make it to the Olympic stage and there have been so many people who have helped me along the way.

The people who have been there since the get-go are my family and my coaches. Angela Wydall for most of my career, not only as a coach, but as a close friend and one of my biggest supporters. My club Cougars Weightlifting, my team mates, team officials and my friends in the sport. The support network from the Queensland Academy of Sport, my dietitians, physiotherapists, massage therapists, exercise physiologist, psychiatrist, psychologists and work colleagues. And more recently, but one of the most important, my partner Brock, especially going through these difficult circumstances that we are all now dealing with COVID-19.

Tell us about your life outside the gym.

I work in the finance team for a security company where I've been for 10 years now. They have always been very supportive and understanding of my sporting commitments, which has been vital for training, competing, and managing financially with ease.

I don’t have much spare time, so when I do I mainly spend it with my partner Brock and our two Golden Retrievers, Ronin and Annie. I also enjoy doing crafts, spending time with friends, and getting outside to do literally anything that isn’t work or lifting. If I ever have a week or more off training and work, I would use that time to go travelling somewhere.

What would it mean to you to make the 2020 Australian Olympic Team?

To make it to the Olympics would be my biggest sporting dream come true. I have been training towards this dream for such a long time and it hasn’t come easy, so I would definitely feel like all the hard work that my team and I have done would have been worth every drop of blood, sweat and tear.

I think the most meaningful part though, is having had to crawl out of a very dark place, fighting each moment just to get through each day, to now actually considering myself as an Olympic hopeful... reminding me each day, that no matter what, I will get through.

 

As of March 2020, Erika is in the top spot for Continental – Oceania in both the F55 and F59 categories. Source Weightlifting House.

The Tokyo Summer Olympic Games will now be held 23 July 2021 – 8 August 2021.

 

 

Published on 4 May 20 - 20:28

Queensland to Tokyo - Ebony Gorincu

Queensland to Tokyo - Ebony Gorincu

With the recent world events, the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games has been postponed exactly one year, and will now be celebrated 23 July 2021 – 8 August 2021.

Another interview in our series introducing Queensland's Olympic hopefuls... working towards making their dreams of representing our sport on the biggest stage of all, come true.

Ebony's sporting background is nothing short of impressive, first finding her way into Cougars Weightlifting Club as an Australian representative in bobsledding, after many accolades in track and field in her teenage years.

I've been lifting for 6 years now, since 2014. I got started through my previous sport, bobsledding, after I was required to do some athletic testing at home in Australia before being eligible for team selection to compete overseas on ice. An element of that testing was some weightlifting exercises - power cleans in particular, as well as power snatch, push press, squats, and deadlifts.

I had originally came to Cougars Weightlifting Club (Miles specifically) for some help to improve my technique to push my results up for a better chance at team selection. I soon grew to love weightlifting and after going to the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014, I gave up bobsledding for good and started lifting full time. I haven't really looked back since.

How are you involved with developing the sport of weightlifting in Queensland?

Cougars used to run a Saturday morning group session for youth lifters where I was involved in coaching young beginner athletes. Now I help as often as I can at competitions with running warm-ups and loading, as well as encouraging everyone at training.

I am always happy to help out if anyone has anything to ask me in or outside of the gym.

How have your training priorities changed in the lead up to Tokyo 2020?

My training priorities went from trying to qualify for the Pacific Games last year (at the 2019 Arafura Games), to realising we might actually have a chance of making Tokyo, if we played our cards right.

After the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa, it was just a case of taking the necessary steps to keep qualifying for the next event on the long list of qualifiers for Tokyo 2020. It has been a big year of competitions and travelling overseas for me, so balancing my training loads with work, getting enough recovery and looking after myself were imperative.

Who are your supporters and sponsors who have helped on your Olympic Games journey?

I have no official sponsors but a big support network, from my coach Miles Wydall, to the people I train with day in day out, my partner and family, and a long list of sports practitioners that help keep my nutrition, physio, massage and mental health in check.

I have been lucky enough to receive a scholarship through the Qld Academy of Sport which has helped out hugely along the way. The things we put ourselves through in training and in competition cannot be achieved on our own and I'm very thankful for any support I can get.

Tell us about your life outside the gym.

I work full-time at a small engineering firm doing mechanical drafting - basically 3D models of big production line machinery. I am very fortunate to have very flexible working conditions and a workplace who are very supportive of what I am trying to achieve in weightlifting.

I love getting outdoors in nature, scuba diving and travelling, and taking our 5 dogs for walks in the forest behind our house. I also have 2 pet pythons, and pretty much love animals more than people.

The one thing in my life that has always been constant is sport. At the age of 8 I started track and field, and became a national champion and international level sprinter and sprint hurdler in my teenage years. I gave it away at the age of 21 after being recruited for the Australian bobsledding team. I competed on the team for 4 years, representing Australia at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and began weightlifting upon my return.

What would it mean to you to make the 2020 Australian Olympic Team?

If you'd have asked me when I was a kid what I thought I'd make it to the Olympics for, it sure would not have been weightlifting! But I now wouldn't have it any other way. To represent your country in any way is pretty special, but the Olympics is the pinnacle. It would honestly be a lifetime dream come true!

 

Ebony is in contention for the Continental – Oceana spot in the F71 category.

The Tokyo Summer Olympic Games will now be held 23 July 2021 – 8 August 2021.

 

 

Published on 27 Apr 20 - 21:55

Queensland to Tokyo - Matthew Lydement

Queensland to Tokyo - Matthew Lydement

With the recent world events, the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games has been postponed exactly one year, and will now be celebrated 23 July 2021 – 8 August 2021.

In the coming weeks, we will introduce Queensland's Olympic hopefuls... working towards making their dreams of representing our sport on the biggest stage of all, come true.

After a stellar performance at the Arnold Classic in Ohio last month, M109 Oceania snatch record holder Matthew Lydement of Cougars Weightlifting Club, is exactly where he needs to be...

The way I got started in weightlifting was just by chance. I'd been playing a lot of different sports; cricket, rugby union and AFL, but was getting injured frequently which was not only frustrating, but stalling my progress and getting in the road of work.

I gave these team sports away in 2014, but being a competitive person I knew I wanted to give a strength sport a go, and Brisbane Barbell Club had recently opened nearby. Through my work in the fitness industry, I knew of two-time Olympian Damon Kelly who was the weightlifting coach at the club, so I decided to walk in, give it a try, and before long fell in love with the sport and the rest, as they say... is history.

How are you involved with developing the sport of weightlifting in Queensland?

I work for a company called Fitness Industry Training which is a registered training organisation for personal trainers, and we have a lot of people coming through who I'm able to educate on the sport of weightlifting.

How have your training priorities changed in the lead up to Tokyo 2020?

My actual training hasn’t changed as it's what I love doing, however I need to keep my focus on maintaining discipline around recovery and downtime, good nutrition... and limiting "weekend" beverages!

Who are your supporters and sponsors who have helped on your Olympic Games journey?

My family has been very supportive of my weightlifting and am very grateful to have had two-time Olympian Damon Kelly as my coach since day one.

For the past 4 years I have worked with Taylor Ryan (The Sports Dietitian) who has helped me create structure and discipline around my nutrition, and am very fortunate to have a supportive workplace, thanks to my boss Chris Haseman and Fitness Industry Training.

Tell us about your life outside the gym.

I’m a die-hard sports fan, following most major sports throughout the year and love to dabble in team sports now just for fun.

Sport and training has always been my life.. the only reason I went to school was to play sport! In life I believe you may as well follow what you enjoy, and I've been fortunate enough to build a career in the fitness industry over the past 7 years.

What would it mean to you to make the 2020 Australian Olympic Team?

It would be the proudest moment of my life to be able to represent my country at the pinnacle of the sport. It's what everyone strives for, so to achieve that would be a dream come true.

 

Matthew is in hot contention for the Continental – Oceana spot in the M109 category.

The Tokyo Summer Olympic Games will now be held 23 July 2021 – 8 August 2021.

 

 

Published on 20 Apr 20 - 17:43

 

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