Uplifting times for Bermagui weightlifters

BERMAGUI Weightlifting Club (BWC) member and president, John Preston competed successfully in the Olitek Nation Masters Weightlifting Titles in Darwin on June 14.

Competitors affiliated with the Australian Weightlifting Federation (AWF) travelled from all states of Australia to compete and to set personal, state and national records in their age and weight divisions.

John, from Fairhaven, competed in the under 67.5kg division of the 75-79 age section. He lifted 35kg in the Snatch and 46kg in the Clean and Jerk with a total of 81kg.

John trains along with other club members at the Bermagui Community Centre several times a week. The club is affiliated with AWF and with Weightlifting ACT. It boasts qualified coaches with the president undertaking his level 2 coaching qualification and Max Harris and Ruth Burgess taking on their Level 1 Club Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach Certificate.

Some Bermagui Weightlifting Club members will travel to contest the ACT Novice Meet and the State Titles in the ACT on August 15 and 16. John Preston and Max Harris are hoping to set personal bests and ACT records.

For those wishing to explore weightlifting online go to www.awf.com.au  where you can explore some of the information and see videos of the recent Olitek National Masters in Darwin.

The training facility also lends itself to training for powerlifting, a completely separate sport that has different lifts. They are the Squat, Bench Press and Dead Lift.  The Australian Drug Free Powerlifting Federation (ADFPF) will conduct its national titles nearby in Merimbula RSL Club on Saturday, September 6. To find details please go to www.australiandrugfreepowerlifting.com

IF you have been going to get into lifting, maybe now is the time to try it. The facilities at the club include training platforms for the lifts and a power cage. Weights and bars are official weight and size to provide optimal training conditions. There are lightweight barbells of eight kilos through to 20 kilo barbells to suit every level. Members benefit from being active, developing strength and power and learning new skills.

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