NorthSport Olympic Weightlifting – a year in review

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2014 has been a fantastic year for North Sport Olympic Weightlifting with plenty of inspiring performances and exciting new developments for our club. The upgrade to the power zone at AUT Millennium has been of great benefit to our training environment; providing a large, high performance weightlifitng space, and quality equipment. This not only aids our top lifters as they work towards their goals, but also provides greater opportunity to encourage new talent into the sport.

WlWith the Commonwealth Games held this year in Glasgow, our current top senior athletes had the opportunity to shine on the international stage as a part of a highly successful Kiwi Team. North Sport Olympic Weightlifting has a proud history in the Commonwealth Games, and this year we had 5 members represent the club. These members were Mark Spooner, Matthew Madsen, Tracey Lambrechs, Coach Adam Storey and Team Manager John Moss. Two of our athletes, Tracey Lambrechs and Mathew Madsen, did not disappoint.

Tracey contested the women’s 75kg+ category, posting a 101kg snatch and a 136kg clean and jerk for a Bronze medal winning total of 237kg, a very proud moment for Tracey as she earned her first Commonwealth Games medal. 22 year old Mathew also made our club proud with his corageous effort for sixth place, gaining 128kg in his third attempt in the snatch but just falling short of 177kg on his final lift of the clean and jerk. With many years of sport still ahead of him, we are sure to see much more of Mathew at these big events in the future. Congratulations Mathew, Tracey, and coach Adam Storey- you all made our club and country very proud!

NorthSport Olympic Weightlifting ClubBut that was not all for this year! Club athletes excelled at the New Zealand National Olympic Weightlifting Championships, earning 6 gold, 2 silvers, and 1 bronze, with 4 New Zealand records, as well as a win in the Junior women’s team, and 3rd in the senior women’s team. A big congratulations to all of our athletes who competed at Nationals, and especially our national title winners- Nicole Kumerich, Chantal Lambrechs, Cameron Moss, Charlotte Moss, and Hazel Latoa.

Finally, we were sad to say goodbye this year to one of our long standing club lifters, Mark Spooner, who has decided to retire after a long, succesful career. Mark represented New Zealand at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, coming out of retirement earlier in the year to place sixth in Glasgow. Mark now has his sights set on a new goal- to further his career overseas as a First Officer in the yachting industry. Mark has been an invaluable member of our club, and an inspiration to the next generation of lifters, we wish him all the best for his future.

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