CHAMPION: Chloe Kerwick snagged gold at state titles earlier this year.
CHAMPION: Chloe Kerwick snagged gold at state titles earlier this year. Contributed

Lifting for glory at nationals

After winning gold at states, Miles weightlifter Chloe Kerwick is ready to show her strength at the upcoming national titles in Brisbane.

Kerwick will compete for the first time as a senior this weekend at the Australian Weightlifting Federation Championships.

Earlier in July at state titles, the Miles Saints powerhouse lifted a total of 170kg and placed first in the 890kg open women's event.

Kerwick said she was hoping to achieve more personal best lifts on the national floor.

"My training has been going really well and if all goes to plan I am hoping to hit somewhere around 80kg snatch and 105kg clean and jerk,” she said.

" I'm a little nervous because it's such a big competition, but, hopefully if all goes to plan I can go out there and give it my best shot”

Coach Sonia Stenhouse said she had high hopes for Kerwick.

"It's the highest level of competition in Australia and currently Chloe is sitting in the lead of her category,” Stenhouse said.

"The club is really excited for her,” she said.

”It's a big thing for our little country town to let alone have a club like this but to be represented at this level.”

Kerwick was not the only member of the Saints club to qualify for nationals.

16-year-old Kylie Salisbury also qualified for the competition when she won a silver medal at the state titles in the 75kg junior competition.

However, Salisbury sustained a knee injury at a school sports event which meant she could no longer compete.

"I was eager to go to nationals and be able to compete,” Salisbury said.

"I can still feel the pain in my knee and have been told I'll need six weeks recovery time.”


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