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 www.oceaniaweightlifting.com
(Thank you Erika Yamasaki for the great photos)