WATCH AND LISTEN: Clair-Toomey on track for Games selection

CENTRE STAGE: Tia Clair-Toomey (middle) said she had a strong campaign in Brisbane just recently.
CENTRE STAGE: Tia Clair-Toomey (middle) said she had a strong campaign in Brisbane just recently.

WEIGHTLIFTING: Rio Olympic weightlifter and world CrossFit champion Tia Clair-Toomey said she is on target for Commonwealth Games selection.

The Gladstone dynamo, who is dubbed as the fittest women on the planet, returned from the Gold Coast where she competed at the 2017 Commonwealth and Oceania Weightlifting Championships on the Gold Coast.

"I competed in the 58kg category in weightlifting and to be able to qualify, you have to be the best lifter in that category," Clair-Toomey said.

"Currently I am ranked first, but we have another trial in December in Sydney."

Clair-Toomey finished with a 75kg snatch and 102kg clean and jerk for a 177kg total and finished in overall third place.

Her Australian team-mate Erika Yamasaki was second with a 180kg total behind Solomon Islander Jenly Wini gained automatic Games selection after she finished top with an 87kg snatch, 109kg clean and jerk for a 196kg total.

Clair-Toomey will leave no stone unturned in her quest for another Australian assignment and on the world stage.

"You can't promise anything because you just never know how everything is going to go, but I'm really looking forward to the trial," she said.

"Hopefully I can make it and get selected."

It's not just in weightlifting and CrossFit where Clair-Toomey is leaving her mark.

And again, it was for all to see.

"I was on ABC Sideliners and set a world record of 31 pull-ups in a minute," Clair-Toomey said.

While most who try the exercise would experience pain from effort, it was not the case for Clair-Toomey.

Clair-Toomey is making the most of being home where she and her partner and coach Shane Orr conduct regular fitness classes at the CrossFit Gladstone gym.

"When I have been back in Gladstone, I have been training for about an hour to hour-and-a-half and I guess just really enjoying my time here with everyone and all my friends back at home," she said.

Clair-Toomey added that Orr has been a massive influence on her career.

"I definitely owe a lot to him for everything he's done," she said.

Clair-Toomey's sporting dreams began as a young track and field athlete growing up on a cane farm on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

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