Saints go all out in big meet

GO BIG: Luke Bidgood in action during the weightlifting meet in Toowoomba at the weekend.
GO BIG: Luke Bidgood in action during the weightlifting meet in Toowoomba at the weekend. Sonia Stenhouse

WEIGHTLIFTING: Members of Saints Weightlifting Club in Miles have returned from a successful meet in Toowoomba over the weekend.

The club's coach, Sonia Stenhouse, said the Uesaka Club Challenge and League provided a great platform for her charges to test their mettle.

"It went really well, eight members from the club were there competing,” Stenhouse said.

"There was a large variety competing for us; from kids to as old as 59.

"For some of our lifters in the masters (over 35s) it was their first competition.”

The event was the first of the Uesaka Club Challenge calendar for 2018.

"It was a club challenge, so there'll be three challenges over the year and the top six clubs at the end of it will win some equipment.

"We just aim to do the best we can and win as many points as possible.”

Stenhouse has been lifting weights for more than five years and has loved the transition into coaching.

It was a transition that came up somewhat out of the blue.

"I've been doing it since I was about 40, which is six years ago now, and I've been coaching for two years,” she said.

"Deb Acason, who has

just been selected for her fifth Commonwealth

Games, started the Miles club and moved back to Brisbane so she asked me to take over.

"It's a great job and it's so good to see the kids progressing and older people getting back into sport; it gives them something to work at.”

Stenhouse said all Saints lifters earned new personal bests during the tournament, including 15-year-old Kylie Salisbury who qualified to compete at the Junior Nationals later in the year.

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