Latest News 19th March 2020

Dear all

It is planned to continue with the running of the Weightlifting competition in Townsville on 11th April even though the NQ Games has been cancelled. This will of course need to be reconsidered if limits to numbers of  people attending indoor gatherings are altered from the current level. Entries can continue to be made online via the QWA website: A $20 entry fee will apply, refundable if the event is cancelled. If this isn't set up when you register please make payment via:

QWA account details for EFT or Direct Deposit:

Please include your name in the description field when making EFT or Direct Deposit

              Bank:                                Westpac

Account Name:               Qld. Weight Lifting Association

BSB:                                  034080

Account Number:           750770


Appointments to the QWA Management Committee at the recent AGM held in Toowoomba 8th March 2020

President: Rawena Tairi

Vice President: Greg Hobl

Secretary: Jemma Cowper

Treasurer: Rebecca Gowland

Ordinary members:

Leanne Knox

Callum Hannay

Luke Gardner

James Norman.

A vote of thanks to outgoing Committee members: Mike Keelan, Damon Kelly and Lawrie Townsend was recorded. Changes to the Constitution were approved, and now wait to be endorsed by the Office of Fair Trade.


Keep well!




Published on 19 Mar 20 - 14:53

2020 Qld Junior & U23 State Championships Wrap up

What a fantastic display of talent from our up and coming Junior and U23 lifters at the 2020 Q Junior and U23 Championships held in Toowoomba over the weekend of the 7-8th March.

Once again thank you to those very generous TO’s and Volunteers for giving up their weekend to help run the event, and in particular those that weren’t competing in the event.

Alex Croot

Lesley Moyle

Rebecca Gowland

Rawena Tairi

Bronwyn Hitchener

Bryce Knight

Keith Forbes

Erika Yamasaki

Bob Kennedy

Kim Walker

Adair Forsythe

Jakob Daniels

Isabel Dowe

Tait Stuart

Bowen Stuart

Gabrielle Snowdon

Barry Harden

David Hockins

Callum Hannay

Steven Graham

Thank you also to all the hard-working crew from the Toowoomba Weightlifting Association in the set-up and running of the competition. BIG thank you to Lisa Souter – Barrister, and all the helpers in the canteen! Love your country hospitality! Thank you, Bowen & Telstra, for the live stream and all those awesome photos!

Congratulations to Steve Graham on successfully upgrading to National level referee at the event.

With 81 entries it was a very busy, full two days of competition. PB’s were set by 58 of these lifters – a fabulous start to their 2020 competition year.

State & National records were also broken by:

Mia Gaudry - F55 / Junior (QLD)

Mia Gaudry - F55 / U23 (QLD)

Maddison Power - F71 / Youth (QLD)

Maddison Power - F71 / Youth (AWF)

Maddison Power - F71 / Junior (QLD)

Maddison Power - F71 / U23 (QLD)

Emily De Rooy F76 / Junior (QLD)

Madeleine Whatman - F76 / U23 (QLD)

Erica Hamilton F81 / Junior(QLD)

Stefanie Clinton F76 / U23 (QLD)

Stefanie Clinton F76 / U23 (AWF)

Jack Gibson - M55 / U23 (QLD)

Tori Gallegos - F64 /Youth (AWF)

Tori Gallegos - F64 /Junior (QLD)

Tori Gallegos - F64 / U23 - (QLD)

Josh Sargeant M81 / Youth (QLD)

Lydia Olsen - F71 / U23 (QLD)

Kelsey Francis F81 / Junior (QLD)

Kelsey Francis F81 / U23 (QLD)

Find full competition results here


Best lifter awards went to:

Tori Gallegos


Jett Gaffney and Keisuke Hisashi

Junior Female: Tori Gallegos, TWA coached by Greg Hobl

U23 Female: Tori Gallegos, TWA coached by Greg Hobl

Junior Male: Jett Gaffney, Cougars coached by Miles Wydall

U23 Male: Keisuke Hisashi, Cougars coached by Miles Wydall

William Faulkner Performance Awards calculated using Forbes points went to:

Pieta Hansen


Ahrie Jerred-Trembath

Junior Female: Pieta Hansen, Cougars coached by Miles Wydall

U23 Female: Pieta Hansen, Cougars coached by Miles Wydall

Junior Male: Ahrie Jerred-Trembath Cougars coached by Miles Wydall

U23 Male: Ahrie Jerred-Trembath, Cougars coached by Miles Wydall


Published on 19 Mar 20 - 10:24

News updates - AWF Junior & U23 National Championships

From the AWF:

As predictions on the spread of the COVID-19 virus become more alarming every day, I’d like to update you on the AWF’s current plans in regard to the 2020 AWF National Junior & Under 23 Championships. Entries for this competition close soon and we realise that State Members will be uncertain about making travel and accommodation bookings for their teams in case of cancellations. According to the latest reports on COVID-19 in Australia, what happens in the next few weeks will indicate just how bad things will get. With this in mind, we will continue to monitor the situation daily and confirm the status of the event no later than Thursday 9th April. If the event can continue as planned, that will give everyone five weeks to finalise their arrangements. If the championships cannot go ahead as a single event, we will propose an alternate format.

If the championships cannot safely be conducted with all participants in one place, it will become an “email competition”. Each State Member will be asked to conduct a competition for entrants within their own state or territory on the weekend of 15th – 17th May and email the results to the AWF. The AWF will still provide event T-shirts, medals and trophies and will assist State Members to run their event locally by returning a portion of the entry fees collected from each state’s athletes to the relevant State Member. In this case, the AWF will determine the cost of T-shirts, medals, trophies and postage, and calculate the balance to be returned to State Members on a per-capita basis according to their entries.

Please find attached another useful fact sheet on organising public gatherings, from the Australian Government Department of Health.

Stay safe and stay healthy.

REMINDER  FROM THE QWA OFFICE To ensure you have your necessary uniform items of a minimum of a Queensland lifting suit and t-shirt in your size you need to place your orders by tomorrow 19th March. To order out-of-stock items email by tomorrow 19th March.

Published on 18 Mar 20 - 7:52

Final Entries Q. Masters & Oly in the Outback

Find final entries: HERE

TO/Volunteer Roster: HERE

Map of venue: HERE


Published on 12 Mar 20 - 14:04

Bodyweight category changes for State Masters

Reminder Bodyweight category changes for State Masters competitors need to be received at the QWA office via email or text 0438031377 by 1200 midday tomorrow Thursday 12th March. Lifters in the Masters competition who do not make weight will be unable to compete in any capacity in the competition.

Published on 11 Mar 20 - 9:45


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