PURE STRENGTH: Chloe Kerwick competing at the Australian Weightlifting Federation National Senior Championships.
PURE STRENGTH: Chloe Kerwick competing at the Australian Weightlifting Federation National Senior Championships.

Lifting herself into a podium finish at the Senior National Championships

WORKING two jobs and helping out at the gym, Saints weightlifter Chloe Kerwick lives a very busy lifestyle.

However she is still dedicated enough to find enough time to make it to the gym on a daily basis to train.

Thankfully all that hard work has paid off as she walked away with a silver medal from the Australian Weightlifting Federation National Senior Championships.

Coach Sonia Stenhouse explains that training can be quite time consuming and there’s been days in which Kerwick has had a really big day at work but she still comes in and slogs it out with heavy weights at the gym.

“A lot of people don’t release how much time and effort she and everyone else in the club really puts in,” Stenhouse said.

“It’s not always easy so that’s why it is good when she has a good competition and comes away with a good result. It’s good motivation to keep going.”

Kerwick felt really confident going into the competition and despite not getting any personal bests, she still managed to get a podium finish which is a really good result.

Kerwick lifted a snatch of 76kg and managed a clean and jerk of 96kg.

Chloe wins silver at Senior National Championships
Chloe wins silver at Senior National Championships

Competing in her second nationals this year, the 23-year-old was a level up from her age group in the seniors competitions.

“It is really good that she worked hard to compete there,” Stenhouse said.

“Sometimes competitions can be up and down, depending on what happens on the day but she seemed really confident on competition day.

“She was really happy with how her lifts went off.”

Going into the competition Kerwick also knew she was going to be up against it, because in her weight category there was a girl from Samoa who now is an Australian citizen who is freakishly good.

“This girl like lifts 100kg more than everyone else,” Stenhouse said.

“She’s the type of girl who will compete for Australia in Olympic and Commonwealth Games in the future, she’s that amazing.
“So it’s very hard to turn up to a competition because there’s her and then there’s everyone else.

“I say to Chloe we will just keep chipping away with a few kilograms more each year and will see if we can catch up.”

Similarity to Kerwick, Stenhouse is also having a very successful year as a coach, reaching the highest ranks she can at national level.

Along with her other coaches, Stenhouse was elected to coach the Queensland team at this year’s senior national championships


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