Michaela produces uplifting effort
FRESH on the local Olympic weightlifter Tia Clair-Toomey's heroics, three young athletes could potentially follow suit in coming years.
Eighteen-year-old Michaela Warwick finished first in the National Weightlifting Championships in Brisbane in the 53kg juniors division.
"I did three attempts of each snatch, clean and jerk and basically tried to lift the heaviest weight,” Warwick said of her feat.
It was also sweet revenge over her opponent.
"I beat the girl who beat me at the nationals back in July also in Brisbane,” Warwick added.
Her efforts come from a dedicated regime where she trains two to three hours a day, made easier because she has a traineeship at Gladstone CrossFit.
The Queensland junior female contingent with Warwick were Chelsea Nicoll, Mia Gaudry, Lydia Olsen, Natasha Coombridge, Saphire Abraham and Charisma Amoe-Tarrant.
Warwick's background is interesting and it was not all borne from weightlifting.
"I started CrossFit in February of last year and was a gymnast beforehand,” Warwick said.
"But I looked for more of a challenge and CrossFit offers that.
"Tia is a great coach and is inspirational and to get first place is a shock to the system.”
Warwick will continue to aim high and strive to be the best.
"Maybe the Commonwealth Games in 2018 or in 2020 and the long-termgoal is to make the Olympics,” Warwick said.
As part of her traineeship, Warwick attends a regular coaching course in Sydney on top of what is already a busy schedule.
The other two weightlifters were Dave Capill and Will Kearney, 16.
Capill, 28, finished sixth in the 69kg division while Will had a podium finish in the 77kg class.
Will was placed third and Warwick said both put in impressive performances.
"Dave was also a gymnast and has been a member of CrossFit Gladstone for five years,” Warwick said.
First: 53kg class at the National Weightlifting Championships
Work: Traineeship at CrossFit Gladstone
Aim: To make the Olympics