WEIGHTLIFTING: The youngsters from Saints Weightlifting Club in Miles have already set their mark among the state's weightlifters.
With the girls team winning last year's shield in the Queensland All Schools Championships and four weightlifters having competed in the Nationals this year, the team is renowned as strong competitors entering this year's Queensland All Schools Championships at the Gold Coast on the weekend.
Coach Sonia Stenhouse and all competitors are excited and hope to compete for the win this year once again.
Ms Stenhouse said training has been spot-on and to compete at the Gold Coast on the weekend was a great opportunity for the kids.
"It really is a big thing for the kids going to this comp,” she said.
"They do really well for the fact that they don't get to train amongst a lot of older lifters.
"Some kids in Brisbane go and train and have some really experienced lifters with them, they can watch and learn from, so for a little country town we do really well.
"The kids just don't get to see the scope on what's out there until we go to these bigger places such as the competition on the weekend.”
For 14-year-old weightlifter Nikkita Finden it will be the second time competing in the Queensland All Schools Championships, whereas for new club members Sophie and Henry Burne it will be their first competition.
Nikkita said she wanted to improve her rank this year in the U15, 75kg weight class.
"It's fun, you get to push yourself in different weights and see how far you can go,” she said.
Henry said he enjoyed seeing himself getting stronger and was excited to compete.
"It's a great sport, he said.”
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