Assistant coach to Commonwealth Games team visits Rocky
MILES Wydall visited Rockhampton at the weekend to share some weighty words of advice with the region's aspiring Olympic weightlifters.
The assistant coach of the Australian Commonwealth Games team at Glasgow in 2014 was a guest at the launch of the newly formed Mavericks Weightlifting Club. He also watched on as more than 20 lifters, male and female, took part in an Olympic weightlifting competition.
Mavericks president Sean O'Neill said it was fantastic to have a coach of Wydall's calibre in Rockhampton.
"It is great for the region to have someone as experienced as Miles here to help our athletes' progress," he said yesterday.
"Just his mere presence was enough to motivate us.
"It is wonderful that he is prepared to travel all this way to share his expertise and knowledge with our lifters."
O'Neill said Wydall's visit had helped him glean a greater understanding of the sport as both a competitor and a coach.
And by all reports, Wydall was impressed with what he saw.
"He was super pleased with the technique and form of the local lifters and he is excited to see what we can do in the future," O'Neill said.
CrossFit Gladstone's Shane Orr took the honours in the experienced division of the weightlifting competition.
He produced a total lift of 245kg, which consisted of a 100kg snatch and a 145kg clean and jerk.
CrossFit CQ's Matt Lindley impressed in the intermediate class with a total lift of 151kg (65kg snatch and 86kg clean and jerk).
O'Neill said that Wydall's visit could not have come at a better time.
He was able to help fine-tune the techniques of six CQ weightlifters who are heading to the national championships in Melbourne at the end of the month.
O'Neill is among them. He will compete in the under 69kg category and has his sights set on lifting a personal best of 202kg.
Matt Lindley total 151kg (65kg snatch, 86kg clean and jerk)
Meagan Murphy total 108kg (50kg snatch, 58kg clean and jerk)
Jamie Stienburger total 100kg (40kg snatch, 60kg clean and jerk)
Shane Orr total 245kg (100kg snatch, 145kg clean and jerk)
Matt D'arcy total 225kg (95kg snatch, 130kg clean and jerk)
Sean O'Neill total 187kg (87kg snatch, 100kg clean and jerk)