Aussie Youths Prepare to Lift Online

Nov 13 2020

The IWF Online Youth World Cup, the biggest online weightlifting competition ever produced, has begun and over the next few days Australia’s four entrants will connect with their contemporaries around the world and compete in real time from their respective home bases.

Lily Strange will be the first Australian to compete, lifting at 6:00am* on Sunday morning in the Women’s 59kg A Group. Lily and her coach Christian Hopper will connect to the event from the North Brisbane Weightlifting Club at Zillmere in Brisbane.

Next up will be Tori Gallegos in the Women’s 64kg A Group on Monday at 6:00am*. Coach Greg Hobl will assist Tori at the Toowoomba Weightlifting Club, in Queensland’s Darling Downs region.

Max Toller landed in the Men’s 89kg C Group, commencing at 11:00pm* on Monday night. Max’s performance will be beamed from the Dungeon Barbell Club in Cairns, Far North Queensland.

The last of the Australians to compete in this event, Maddison Power, will weigh-in on one day and lift on the next. The lights will be burning brightly at the Burleigh Barbell Club on the Gold Coast when Maddison and Coach Callum Hannay dial in for the Women’s 71kg B Group competition at 12:30am* on Tuesday morning.

Oliver Saxton was also selected for this event but he had to withdraw due to an unfavourable time conversion. The IWF Online Youth World Cup is organised on Peruvian time and Ollie’s competition was scheduled to begin at midnight on Sunday in Perth WA. He simply couldn’t risk disturbing the peace in his neighbourhood so late on a Sunday night.

Other Australians involved are Technical Officials Pedro Sanchez and Coral Quinell. And Bowen Stuart will again be a part of the IWF technology management team working on this event.

The IWF Online Youth World Cup can be viewed on the IWF Youtube Channel:

*AUS Lifters’ session times are AEST (GMT +10)