PUMP IT UP: Lilly Poles gets back to weightlifting training following Cyclone Debbie.
PUMP IT UP: Lilly Poles gets back to weightlifting training following Cyclone Debbie. Contributed

No rest for Whitsunday weightlifters

WEIGHTLIFTING: When you've got a state title competition coming up, training is never more important.

Just ask the athletes at Whitsunday Weightlifting who were right back at training a week after Cyclone Debbie hit.

Lilly Poles, 13, will compete in her third state titles next month and said she couldn't wait to get back to training.

"Weightlifting is something I love,” she said.

"I probably enjoy most of my week when I train.

"After the cyclone ended I was so relieved (because) I could finally train.

"It is pretty exciting to see everyone back in training and getting back together with everyone.”

Poles has weightlifted for three years and has taken a real shine to the sport.

"I started weightlifting because I was playing tennis, but I was pretty weak so mum put me in weightlifting,” she said.

"I like to lift heavy weights. I feel powerful.”

The lifters are even incorporating their clean-up into their training routine.

Their warm up has included dragging branches at the Mt Marlow clubhouse.

Poles, Jaspa Hope, Jack Goundrey and Emily Hinschen have five weeks until Queensland Youth and under-15 titles on May 12 at the Sunshine Coast.

Anna Deveigne and Leanne Knox have less than three weeks until they compete at Worlds Masters Championships in Auckland.

All lifters are keen to represent the region after Debbie and are proud to show how resilient the Whitsundays can be.

Lena Elizabeth said it was pleasing to drop her daughter Lilly at training.

"It was just nice for them to get back into and start.

"To get back into the normal routine of life after the cyclone.

"They were all tired and stressed and it was nice as a parent to see them see each other and smile and have a chat about everything that's happened.

"Before you knew it, they were back into it.”

Lilly said she wasn't fazed by the cyclone and was ready to take on the best in the under 63kg, under-15s division.

"I'm pretty excited. I can't wait (for the States).”


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