On the 4th of October I competed at the New Zealand Nationals in Wellington and won the Women’s 75kg+ category!

NorthSport Olympic Weightlifting, one of AUT Millennium’s four Foundation Clubs, had five athletes at this year’s Nationals: myself, Charlotte Moss, Hazel Latoa, Chantal Lambrechs (my baby sister), Matt Madsen, Vester Villalon and Riki Lindsay.

We all train in the AUT Millennium Power Zone together under the watchful eye of our Head Coach, Dr Adam Storey.

Last year due to the Commonwealth Games, and then surgery, I chose not to compete at the 2014 National Championships, so I was looking forward to firstly winning back my title and watching the new and exciting weightlifters we have coming through the ranks.

Nationals is always an exciting competition because anything can happen.

The competition was my last ’competition warmup’ before I head off to Houston, Texas to compete at the World Championships!

2011 was the last time I attended a World Championships and it was one of the most overwhelming experiences ever! Even more so than when I won my bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games!

This year I am taking no chances and have prepared myself with the help of David Neithe, my mental strength coach. Having him in my support team makes me want to take on the world!

My current training is going well and I am happy with my progress. I am training roughly 9-10 times a week doing weightlifting, rehab and cardio sessions.

I feel I’m in great shape but still have a way to go until I’m ready for World Champs!

People have recently started asking me the question “when will I qualify for Rio Olympics?” That’s a great question and one that will need to be asked when I get back from Houston and after my coach and I have sat down and planned out our next move. Right now I am only focussed on worlds!

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