Local weightlifting talent
WEIGHTLIFTING: It was only through Australian weightlifter Deborah Acason that Sonia Stenhouse started weightlifting three years ago in Miles.
Deborah Acason at the time led the Saints Weightlifting Club and asked Stenhouse to have a go.
Stenhouse today is not only a successful coach for the children and seniors of the Saints Weightlifting Club but also a successful competitor herself.
Stenhouse qualified for next year's Queensland Senior and Junior Championships at the Australian and Oceania Masters Weightlifting Championships, Pacific Rim Master Tournament and Masters World Cup, all held at the Gold Coast last month.
She competed in the 53kg category, taking home four medals - a silver for the Australian nationals and bronze for the Oceania, Pacific Rim and World Cup competitions.
"I am excited to compete next year. I qualified last year as well but then I hurt myself at the gym,” she said.
Stenhouse said in the lead-up to the state titles she would have to train five days a week, follow a strict diet and take control of her mind.
"I get very nervous and that's probably the biggest thing that holds me back,” she said.
"Like even at that comp at the coast, I didn't lift what I would lift here at the gym, just due to nerves, but that's just something we've all got to practise,” she said.
Besides competing in the Queensland weightlifting titles next year, Stenhouse will also be working as a sports presentation officer at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.