Rod Wecker, Leanne Knox and Cait Halsey recently competed at the North Queensland Open.
Rod Wecker, Leanne Knox and Cait Halsey recently competed at the North Queensland Open.

Whitsunday power lifters elevated after NQ Open

POWER LIFTING: Four Whitsunday powerlifters, three of whom have never competed before, have returned from the North Queensland Open with a swag of medals.

The competition attracted lifters from all over Australia and a requirement of entry was that lifters were members of Power Lifting Australia.

Joanne Mitchell came 2nd in the bench only competition with a bench of 80kg.

Cait Halsey came 3rd in the 84+ kg section and Leanne Knox came 3rd in the U72kg division.

Not to be outdone, Rodney Wecker performed excellently in his first competition, finishing with eight of nine successful lifts in the U77kg division.

Powerlifting coach Leanne Knox was very excited with the results, as the powerlifting section of the of the Whitsunday Weight Lifting Club is a recent addition.

"Everyone got personal bests, which is a really good achievement and they did a great job over all," she said.

"The most you can ask of a powerlifter is to get a personal best in competition."

Knox said it was the mental challenge of the sport that attracted her.

"It's definitely a mental challenge of having to perform a strength movement under pressure. There's no celling to where you can go," she said.

"It is a sport where there is a never ending challenge to better yourself."

Looking ahead three female members of the Whitsunday Weight Lifting Club have qualified for the World Masters Games in April.

Anna Deveigne, Bernadette Porter and Leanne Knox will proudly represent the region on the world stage as part of the Australian Masters team.

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