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