Weightlifters smash PBs at state titles

CHAMPION: Whitsunday Weightlifter Jaspa Hope was named best U15 lifter in Queensland and is pictured  being awarded his medal by head coach Leanne Knox.
CHAMPION: Whitsunday Weightlifter Jaspa Hope was named best U15 lifter in Queensland and is pictured being awarded his medal by head coach Leanne Knox. Contributed

WEIGHTLIFTING: Four young Whitsunday athletes have put in an astonishing performance at the Queensland under-15 and youth championships.

Travelling to the Sunshine Coast Weightlifting Club over the weekend, Emily Hinschen, Lilly Poles, Jaspa Hope and Jack Goundrey each smashed their personal bests by a combined 72 kg total.

"You don't often get that type of improvement. You might get a couple of kilos and younger people do get a lot bigger personal bests, but even so it was still pretty impressive,” head coach Leanne Knox said.

Hinschen, 12, competed in the 48kg category and came second in both the under-15s and youth (under-17s) competitions. Competing against girls up to five years older than her, she broke the 40kg and under Queensland record with her snatch lift of 25kg and in the clean and jerk she lifted 35kg, breaking her personal best by 7kg.

Poles, 14, wasn't far behind her Whitsunday Weightlifting competitors as she claimed third in the under-15s and overall competition. Competing in the 63kg category, she managed to lift 36kg in the snatch and 48kg in the clean and jerk to smash her personal best total by 11kg.

For the boys, Jaspa Hope, 15, put in a dominant performance to claim 1st in the under 15s and third in the youths categories in the 77kg competition. He lifted a 67kg snatch and a 95kg clean and jerk to smash his personal best by 32 kg.

Goundrey, was just behind as he claimed second in the under 15s and second in the youths in the 94kg+ category. He managed a 39kg snatch and a 56 kg clean and jerk to beat his personal best by 22kg.

Knox said it was all down to their hard work.

"They trained hard over the Easter break and over Christmas and didn't miss any training sessions,” she said. "They work really hard and they don't take it for granted.”

It was even more impressive given they were competing against big clubs from the likes of Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

They will next compete in the national titles in July.

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