DINGO Beach junior weightlifter Jaspa Hope has broken the Queensland clean and jerk record with a lift of 104kg at the national titles in Brisbane.
He has since been selected to represent Queensland at the Oceania Championships at the Gold Coast beginning on September 3.
Head coach and founder of Whitsunday Weightlifting, Leanne Knox, said it was an amazing achievement for the club and the wider community.
"There has never been a youth lifter selected for a Queensland team outside a metro area," she said.
Knox said Jaspa's dedication, commitment and passion for the sport was paying off and he stood a real chance of representing Australia at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban, South Africa.
"He loves the sport. During the cyclone he didn't care about that, he just wanted to train," she said.
"It's awesome he has found something he loves.
"This has been a massive achievement for our club and our community to be able to put the Whitsundays on the international stage," Knox said.
Also achieving great things at the national titles hosted by the Cougars Weightlifting Club was Emily Hinschen, who placed third in the Under-15 48kg division.
Under-15 lifter in the 63kg division, Lillian Poles, placed fourth and lifted 4kg better than her previous personal best.
Jack Goundrey displayed an outstanding effort in the Under-15, 94kg+ division by beating his personal best by 2kg and winning the age group.
Knox said all the lifters had been training very hard for the first half of the year to be ready for the national titles which were earlier than usual this year.
Round three of the competition will be hosted in the Whitsundays on September 17.
In other club news, masters lifters Leanne Knox and Bernadette Porter are preparing to attend the World Cup in October on the Gold Coast.
Some powerlifting members are also preparing to attend the North Queensland open in Townsville on September 9.
Rodney Wecker, Bruce Court and Elisa Brockley will all be lifting in the event.
Programs kicking off in August, designed to get girls and women active, have received Queensland State Government funding.
Included in this program is an over-50s walking and fitness program.
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