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.
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