National Championships

Qld National Championships Teams

Qld Won all 8 National team shields this year - a clean sweep !! :)

Testament to all the lifters, clubs, coaches, officials, parents, partners, committee members and staff that are part of the QWA organisation, a result like this is impossible without them and the legacy of countless people involved in the past.

We need to keep on supporting and educating each other and making sure the sport is fun for all involved.


Jett Gaffney best U15 Lifter National Championships !

Here is his National record Snatch of 68kg at 56kg bodyweight



Results Book Nationals Senior and Junior

Results Book Nationals U17 and U15

World Uni, All Schools, League Final and MK Shield and American Open

2016 FISU World University Championship in Merida, Mexico
Luke Gardner made another Australian Team this year qualifying for the 2016 World University Championships in Merida Mexico,
He was very unlucky to get red lighted on his second snatch and put in a very respectable 290 total and  was so close to a medal with a 4th place finish !

He has had a busy year work wise and also a few troubling injuries so it was great to see him back up near to top weights which  sets him up well for 2017


Qld All Schools

John Downes lifted amazingly well at the Queensland All Schools Championships - he  snatched 110kg and clean and jerked 130kg, smashing the existing Australian record total by 15kg. - He also was he best U15 and Open Lifter - On top of that he did the qualifying total for the Australian Team for the 2017 World  Youth Championships 


League Final 
Tessa Milton put in a very solid 6/6 75Kg 94Kg and 6kg PB total to win division 2 of the QWA League and next week pulled out a 77Kg snatch in the Mike Keelan shield which was one of the best snatches I have seen all year  - just an amazing lift!

Mike Keelan Shield
Paige did her first A grade total of  70, 83 at 58 and a 5kg PB 6/6 total to win the female side of the Mike Keelan shield - it was very solid lifting and its great to see her starting to show her potential now she is getting on top of her injuries.

American Open
I had another late night after the Uni Championships watching a lifter I remotely coach lift at the American Open - Camzin Martin in only her third lifting comp put in a very respectable 180 total at 75 - she learnt a lot from the event and is looking forward to competing next year at the Nationals. The coverage was outstanding - with a high definition feed coming from each of the 3 platforms.




Commonwealth Youth, Junior & Senior Championships

It was a strange championships for me as I had no leave so was unable to go as a team coach - but I always have utmost faith in the team coaches and I know the guys are used to being coached by anybody so I was not worried  - just I would like to be there as I really enjoy platform coaching. There is no greater feeling for me as a coach than being at the side when a lifter pulls out an important lift under pressure and nothing worse when it does not go to plan.

Damo had a huge battle under pressure from an array of young guns but after a disappointing start showed his class to pull out a 210 CJ and take the title of 2016 Commonwealth Champion with a 373 Total.



James Norman did an equal PB total and 117 PB snatch to go 6/6 for the event - with just a great display of competition lifting !
I was very proud that Ebony Gorincu made her first International and put in a solid 4/6 performance - she works very hard and she is so committed so it makes it very special for me to see her rewarded for her efforts.
Full results at




(Thank you Erika Yamasaki for the great photos)


Rio 2016



It was a great honour and privilege to be Australian Weightlifting Section Manager and Head Coach at the Olympics in Rio

It was interesting to compare London 2012 and Rio 2016 - London for me felt a bigger event not only from the coaching experience but also in the size of the venues, crowds and in fact every other matter. However I enjoyed watching sports in Rio more as the smaller venues enabled you to be closer to the action.

It was great to have the support of Shane and Jacquie while as I was there and the two athletes  Tia and Simplice represented Australia with great honour, now forever to be Australian Olympians.

2016 Rio Olympic weightlifting results


Rio 2016 Olympic Games Qualification Team Classification - 2016 Oceania Championships






To say it was an emotional and tense week at the Oceania championships was an understatement !

The coaches, team manager and athletes worked very well as a team to secure our two Rio nomination slots and also gave the Rio contenders the best chance under the circumstances to contend the sole male and female Australian Olympic Games nominations.

Full results






Tia had a very successful championships and secured the sole Rio nomination slot and broke the QLD Snatch record with an 85Kg snatch at 58kg and was the 3rd best female of the championships on Sinclair this gave her also the top female Australian Sinclair ranking this year.

Damo was very very close to getting ahead of Simplice to go to Rio but just missed 217kg on the jerk in an amazing display of competition lifting,  it was very tough on all concerned with the decision being so close (2 reds to 1 white) - but taking a positive out of this he is very close to the old best total and injury free

Mitch was also very close to 143 snatch at 85 (just losing behind) which would have been a new Qld record - he was a lot more relaxed at this major event than last time - I was just so proud that he has made it back to represent Australia after such a frustrating time last year with injury.