Commonwealth Games


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


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 -


National Masters Championships


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

and League Division scores here

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




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 -

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


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



AWF Clubs Tournament - Cougars FTW !

AWF Clubs Tournament

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


            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

2014 AWF Club Tournament results book



 Jessica Edge Qualifying for the Commonwealth Games for Malta


                                                  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 !