James Norman World Junior Championships Selection

At the U15, U17 states in  Toowoomba James Norman did 96,100,102 124,128,130 and did a 9kg PB and 6/6 at 69Kg to do 2kg over the qualifying total to be selected for the World Junior Championships in Poland

He lost 8kg in 6 weeks and took 2 weeks off work to prepare

Thank you to Amie for the diet plan and Rob for warming him up and supporting him in training and a big thank you to all the people that drove up to cheer him on at the comp.

It was great to see all the hard work he put in pay off on the day

James

May 3rd, 2015 admin Posted in News | No Comments » Print This Post



Wow what a busy start to the year !

Its been a while since I posted as its been a super busy start of the year !

JME Round 1
It been great to see the rise in lifting in Qld and this weekend clubs up and down the state were competing in the JME round 1 see full clubs list also Damo has done a great Google Map of affiliated clubs 

The stand our lift to me was Tia doing a 175 total – 247 sinclair at 58 to put her 3rd in Australia on Sinclair  – all done while competing in the Crossfit Opens ! and Leanne doing a B grade total at 63 to place her at the top of the Australian Masters Rankings.


League Round 1

The full results of League round 1 are here
Harry won division 2 ! with a great performance with Sam Downs coming 3rd in Division 3 and Vanessa 3rd in division 4


Arnold International

The Arnold International saw Mary and Mitch compete in their first International Event with a new Luke Gardner in the 85’s
http://awf.com.au/resultsrankings/rptcompresults.aspx?compid=586

They all snatched very well with Mary getting a PB Snatch and Mitch leading the Australians on Sinclair after the Snatches
The Clean and Jerks did not go so will with some press-out’s and bad luck with wrist straps coming undone
Luke once he stabilizes at this weight will see the lifts return – its a great job he made it to 85 in itself.
All in all they performed very well with Mitch getting a PB total in his first international and 5/6

It was great to see Angie’s lifter Erika win the women’s event with 3 national Records

The event was very well covered by the AWF and the press.

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High Performance Coordinator Jacquie White

It was great to catch up with the new High Performance Coordinator Jacquie White this weekend and I am looking forward to working with her this year to help improve the performance of my athletes and my own coaching .

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Next Years Qualifying Standards and Periods

Here are the qualifying standards for next year

2015 AWF Calendar_Qualifying Criteria_141114

 

Zulfiya Chinshanlo (-53kg, Kazakhstan) setting a new world record with a 133kg clean and jerk

Love the technique here !

Cougars won the JME Clubs competition for the third year in a row !

 

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Mike Keelan Shield 2014

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JME Round 3

There was some great lifting in JME Round 3

http://www.awf.com.au/resultsrankings/rptcompresults.aspx?compid=487

Mary 6/6 and Sinclair now over 200 !
Ebony 16Kg on her total – and some really solid lifts
Jett – new Record on the Clean and Jerk of 40Kg – very gutsy
Sean – C Grade in first comp so off to Nationals
Josh Mak  75,90 at U15 69Kg  6kg PB – great comeback from last week
Mitch 115,145 at 77 and 120 so so close !
Pat – 5Kg on his total – C grade getting close !
Ash great 107 snatch !
Nice to see Regan back again with a 265Kg total
Leon 17Kg PB and so close to qualifying !
Liam also qualified for Nationals with a  16Kg PB
Gareth lifted awesome today 6/6 and 12Kg PB
Vanessa also back on the platform with a 12Kg PB
Leanne Knox 63,79 at 63 – 10Kg PB – shame she cannot go to Nationals !

Please read the following.

The qualifying period for the Queensland Senior Championships is 19th September 2013 – 19th September 2014.
The minimum standard for entry in the Queensland Senior Championships is AWF D Grade.  – but C for Nationals
The qualifying period for the Queensland Junior Championships is 19th September 2013 – 19th September 2014.
The minimum standard for entry in the Queensland Junior Championships is AWF E Grade. – but D for Nationals
Grade Scale here
http://awf.com.au/docs/2013-2016%20Grading%20Scale.pdf

Here are the AWF qualifying periods
http://awf.com.au/docs/2014AWFCalendar20131230.pdf

 

Next few comps
League Round 4 – Gold Coast Sept 13,14
Qld Junior and Senior Cougars –  Oct 4,5
Australian Youth and U15 Tasmania  – Oct 11,12

 

 

Thanks to the Fitographer for this great photo when we visited Brisbane Barbell Club last week

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State U15 and U17 Championships Results

State U15 and U17 Championships Results

http://awf.com.au/resultsrankings/rptcompresults.aspx?compid=482

Photos

http://www.actioninfocus.com.au/photocart/index.php?do=photocart&viewGallery=10400

 

Love this photo !!

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Cougars Photo Movie

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Commonwealth Games

Team-Photo

To be honest when I left for this Games I did not really want to go as I thought nothing would be able to top the awesome experience of my first Games in Delhi.
How wrong I was !! – this games was even better but in a different way to Delhi – maybe because this time I was more involved as team coach in everything from the warmups and weight selection and everything in between.

Its was real privilege to be part of the event that starts at the training camp and ends in the 8 continuous days of platform coaching.

I would like to thank the athletes and the coaching and management group of Rob Mitchell Yourik Sarkisian, Anthony Dove and George Chamoun – it was great to work with such a professional and hard working team.
I would also like to thank team Physio Andrew McGough who had his work cut out with the weightlifters over the 3 weeks and Amie Cox who worked so hard with Jenna on her diet plan

2014 Commonwealth Games full Results


Angie’s lifters Tegan (4th) and Erika (4th) performed very well with Tegan putting 8kg on her total as a 48kg and Erika 5Kg on her total

Jessica Edge did 64, 81 and just missed 84 getting 5/6 lifts just 1kg under her qualifying total

The next two days were a roller coaster for me being very disappointed  for Rob (5th) who did 142,183 and then over the moon for
Damo (Bronze) who after suffering multiple injuries this year pulled out 171, 217  a 388 total – his biggest since before the Olympics to get a bronze medal

Damo

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Oceania Championships – National Masters – Gladstone Visit – League 3

Oceania Championships

Awesome lifting from Andrea Miller 80, 104 Oceania bronze medal and 12kg PB on her total and NZ record Clean and Jerk
James Norman did 96, 122 but missed 128 twice in a bid for a medal
Josh Wu still suffering with leg problems did 86,112 to grab a Junior Oceania Bronze medal

Full results here – http://www.oceaniaweightlifting.com/

 

National Masters Championships

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Peter Foster pulled out a great  performance of 115,127 and a national Snatch and total record to take out the best lifter of the National Masters Championships – a truly awesome achievement !!
Kathy Cameron did 43,56 a PB snatch and Total


Gladstone Visit

Rob myself and Angie went up to Crossfit Gladstone to help run the comp , run a ref course a do some coaching – the whole event was organised by Tia and we all has a great time – here is the coverage in the local news

 

 

League Round 3

well over 100 lifers competed at league round 3 with over 45 from the club

Full results here

http://awf.com.au/resultsrankings/rptcompresults.aspx?compid=468

and League Division scores here


Highlights
Damo 168, 212 – best total since the Olympics
Rob 145,190 PB CJ and Total
Brayden PB Total by 14
Darcia PB Total by 9
Ebony PB total by 6
Gareth  PB total by 23
Jett  State and National CJ and Total records
Tia PB Snatch by 5 and PB total
Kate winning Div 4

 

 

Following comps coming up

 

Commonwealth Games July 23 – August 3 – Glasgow
Qld U15 & Youth Championships – Aug 16 – Cougars
JME Qld Club Challenge Round 3 – August 23- Cougars
QWA League Round 4 & Masters League Round 4 – September 13 – 14 Gold Coast
Qld Senior & Junior Championships -October 4 – 5 – Cougars

 

Please note

The qualifying period for the Queensland Senior Championships is 19th September 2013 – 19th September 2014.
The minimum standard for entry in the Queensland Senior Championships is AWF D Grade.
The qualifying period for the Queensland Junior Championships is 19th September 2013 – 19th September 2014.
The minimum standard for entry in the Queensland Junior Championships is AWF E Grade.
There is no minimum qualifying standard for Queensland Under 15, Youth, School, or Masters Championships.

Grade Scale here

http://awf.com.au/docs/2013-2016%20Grading%20Scale.pdf

 

 

ASADA

At the weekend ASADA were at the comp testing people and in some cases selected people that were competing in their first comp
you need to be very careful on what you take especially supplements and check all medications here – http://www.asada.gov.au/

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Grit – How do you score – how can you improve your score ?

Harvard researcher Angela Duckworth isolated two qualities that she thought might be a better predictor of outstanding achievement:

1) The tendency not to abandon tasks from mere changeability. Not seeking something because of novelty. Not “looking for a change.”
2) The tendency not to abandon tasks in the face of obstacles. Perseverance, tenacity, doggedness.

she developed a test to measure it – the grit test and she found it was remarkably predictive of success. – the test is below

https://sasupenn.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_06f6QSOS2pZW9qR

 

Score
Tegan – 4.7 (top 10%)
Damo – 4.3 (top 10%)
Deb – 5.0 (top 10%)

When interviewing Damon Kelly one of his pieces of advice was that “weightlifting is a marathon not a sprint”

Grit is defined as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.” Essentially, the Grittier person is focused on winning the marathon, not the sprint.

Individuals high in Grit are able to maintain their determination and motivation over long periods despite experiences with failure and adversity.

 

 

Further reading

http://99u.com/articles/7094/the-future-of-self-improvement-part-i-grit-is-more-important-than-talent

http://thebamalliance.com/blog/grit-is-critical-to-your-success-dan-solin/

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/social-emotional-skills/power-defeat-how-to-raise-kid-grit

 

 

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AWF Clubs Tournament – Cougars FTW !

AWF Clubs Tournament

Cougars won ALL the team events and the overall cup at the 2014 Australian Club Championships.

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            Cougars President Damon Kelly  with the overall winners Trophy

 

The Winning Teams:
Senior Men: Robert Galsworthy Lukas Gardner Jonathan Coy
Senior Women: Erika Ropati Frost Tegan Napper Melissa Robinson
Junior Men: Josh Wu James Norman Josh Mak
Junior Women: Michelle Kahi Robin Parr Maddi Wu
Masters: Peter Foster Patrick Galligan Pito Levi

There is a lot of effort behind the scenes organizing the lifters for the clubs tournament especially now with everybody having to do the ASADA cert before they could enter.
I would like to thank my wife for her efforts in organizing the teams and for lifters like Rob Galsworthy for lifting for the club when their focus is the games.

Some notable good performances
Ashley Adams – 14Kg PB total
Declan Galligan 4kg PB – 10% of total :)
James Catlow-Elliott – 10kg PB
Jett Gaffney – 6kg PB – 10% of total :)
Lucy Graham 11kg PB
Marcus Lewis 13kg PB
Samantha Downs 15Kg PB !!

Records broken
Jett Gaffney M38 Under 15 QLD SNATCH 25kg
Jett Gaffney M38 Under 15 QLD TOTAL 60kg
Marcus Lewis M94 Youth QLD SNATCH 80kg
Marcus Lewis M94 Youth QLD CJ 103kg
Marcus Lewis M94 Youth QLD TOTAL 183kg

Results and Results Book

http://www.awf.com.au/resultsrankings/rptcompresults.aspx?compid=395

2014 AWF Club Tournament results book

 

 

 Jessica Edge Qualifying for the Commonwealth Games for Malta

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                                                  The 82kg qualifying lift !

It was a huge weekend from another point of view as Jessica Edge who had moved to Cougars from South Australia to train
was trying to qualify to lift at the Commonwealth Games for Malta as a 53
Apart from a nervous starter on 59 snatch which she just got – she then lifted awesomely to do 64, 82 to make it into the team. – this was also a PB Sinclair

We were both emotional after she qualified as when we started the journey it looked a VERY tall order that she was going to make it.
She had not trained regularly since the end of September due to a knee injury and had to lose 4kg of bodyweight and also had the knee problem to manage and only had 5 weeks to go till the end of qualifying. Also a week out she got gastritis and was struggling to eat !!
But she got a good physio and dietitian to work with and worked very hard on training and recovery and lifted with great courage on the day to pull it off – great work Jess !

 

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