POWER: (Back) Emily Poles and (front) Lily Wilson took to the podium at the Youth and Under 15 National Titles in Sydney. Photo contributed.
POWER: (Back) Emily Poles and (front) Lily Wilson took to the podium at the Youth and Under 15 National Titles in Sydney. Photo contributed. Contributed

Local lifters become national leaders

WEIGHTLIFTING: They may be small, but boy are they strong.

Whitsunday Weightlifting Club's Lily Wilson and Emily Poles have returned from the Youth and Under 15 National Titles in Sydney as champions.

At just 10 years old, Emily claimed top spot in the Under 15 48kg category in her first national titles event.

In another medal winning effort from the regional club, 16-year-old Lily took out second place in the Youth 63kg category.

Club coach Leanne Knox said it was an impressive effort from both girls.

"And coming from a small regional area, it's always a great achievement club-wise," she said.

"The only two athletes we sent down are in the top two in Australia."

The top national placings come just six weeks after the girls competed in the state competition.

"So they mainly just focussed on trying to increase their competition lifts in those six weeks, training three times a week," Knox said.

With such impressive national rankings, Knox said the girls could next year find themselves tapped to represent Australia.

"It'll be a real motivator for the girls to keep training hard because their next level from there is an international competition," she said.

The club now looks to November 5 when the North Queensland All School Championships will be hosted at Proserpine State School.

Ms Knox also advised the club's junior lifting program is now held at Proserpine State School.


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