STRONG: Whitsunday Weightlifting Club members Leanne Knox, Nathan Sainsbury and Bernadette Porter will attend the Oceania and Australian Masters Weightlifting Championships in Melbourne this weekend.
STRONG: Whitsunday Weightlifting Club members Leanne Knox, Nathan Sainsbury and Bernadette Porter will attend the Oceania and Australian Masters Weightlifting Championships in Melbourne this weekend. Contributed

Trio weighs in at national comp

WEIGHTLIFTING: Three Whitsunday Weightlifting Club members will take on the country's best this weekend in Melbourne.

Leanne Knox, Bernadette Porter and Nathan Sainsbury are set to compete at the Oceania and Australian Masters Weightlifting Championships on Saturday.

Leanne and Bernadette will lift in the 40-44-year-old 69kg and 63kg categories respectively while Sainsbury will chance his arm against males 35-39 years old in the 105+kg division.

"Hopefully we'll do well and we'll all get medals. I'm hoping we can finish in the top three of our categories," club coach Leanne said.

"We haven't had any setbacks in our training."

Leanne herself is in red-hot form, having smashed three Australian and two Queensland records at the QWA League 2 titles in Brisbane last month. This time she is really challenging herself.

"I'm going to compete in the next weight category. So I'll be going up to 69kg instead of 63kg," she explained.

"The records in those categories are the same as the last ones that I broke. If I lift well there's a possibility I could break those."

Leanne is already the number one ranked masters lifter in the country but she can claim the official title with another strong outing this weekend in Melbourne.

In other news, the Whitsunday Weightlifting Club finished first in the state at last month's JME round two competition in Mackay.

The club finished first out of 26 clubs for the state-wide event and currently sits second overall.

The points for each club's top six lifters are added up to determine the winning group from that round.

"We're going up against others who have been established for 30 years," Leanne said.


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