- Category: Strongman/Powerlifting/Weightlifting
How did you become involved in Weightlifting?
Developed an interest in weightlifting watching the 1996 Olympic Games
Age you started Weightlifting comps?
Height, Weight Off-season and Comp weight, DOB or AGE?
165cm, Bodyweight normally around 75kg, Competition weight 69kg, 23/01/1984, 27
Level 2 Weightlifting Coach, Cert IV Fitness, National Referee
What is your current business/job/location?
Jetstar Airways, Brisbane Airport, Weightlifting Coach, Cougars Weightlifting Club
What is the reason you continue to be involved in the sport/motivation?
Love the sport, wish to represent Australia until 2018 Commonwealth Games
Your Favourite Domestic and International Weightlifters?
Domestic - Stefan Botev, Intl - Pyrros Dimas
Do you find that weightlifting has helped you in your day to day life, how so?
Yes - developed my personal character that has helped me in all aspects of life
People that have inspired you not only in sport but in life aswell?
Great experiences that happened in your life?
Been able to travel the world competing in the sport I love.
Your Interests and Hobbies?
Olympic Weightlifting, Reading, Walking, Socialising, TV, Movies, Video Games, Flying, Politics
One tip or quote which continues to inspire you?
He who learns must suffer, and even in our sleep, pain the cannot forget, falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom, through the awful grace of God.
Family Background and current family?
Father Ronald, born in Australia, Mother Elizabeth, born in Scotland, 1 Sister, 3 Brothers.
Winning Gold @ the 2006 Commonwealth Games
Future Goals in life?
Representing Australia at the 2012 Olympic Games, 2014 & 2018 Commonwealth Games
What one item can you not live without
TV - need my downtime
Favourite holiday destination?
If you could have dinner with five people, who would they be?
John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Gandhi, Jesus Christ
What one word would you use to describe yourself?
Do you have a sporting mentor?
My Coach - Miles Wydall
Training Background(sports, etc)?
Cricket, Australian Rules, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Tennis
Biggest Lifts and Favourite Lifts?
Snatch 137.5kg, Clean and Jerk 180kg
Always train with an objective in mind. Short, medium and long term goals are a must.
Favourite Foods/Type of diet you follow?
Chicken, Steak, Fish, Salads, Yoghurt, Fruit
Favourite Bodypart to Train plus training spilt(training schedule + fav session)
Olympic Weightlifting trains most body parts simultaneously. Train usually 5-8 times a week.
Describe a typical training day
Wake up. Breakfast. Stretch. Train. Stretch. Morning Tea. Lunch. Stretch. Afternoon Tea. Protein Shake. Stretch. Train. Protein Shake. Stretch. Dinner. Bed.
Worst injury you have suffered
Gradual shoulder dislocation (2007-2011) required shoulder reconstruction in 2011.
What is your favourite movie?
What one lesson did you take from your parents?
There is always more than one point of view and no one persons view is 100% right
How do you deal with temptation?
I treat myself occasionally to deal with cravings, except when close to competition.
What is your favourite music/band/song?
Usually listen to Triple J. Not a huge music fan.
What is your biggest fear?
Not achieving my goals that I set out for myself.
Do you believe "never giving up" is the difference between making it and not making it in any sport?
No. You must have a combination of natural ability, mental capacity and the ability to overcome adversity.
Have you ever failed at anything? If yes how did you overcome this?
Yes. I set myself goals all the time. If I fail. I assess what went wrong and change accordingly to succeed next time.
What inspired you to succeed?
Always have had the feeling I will succeed. A natural confidence in my own abilities.
What did you want to be as a kid growing up?
Airline Pilot. Still do.
Who has been your greatest rival?
Yukio Peter from Nauru
Who would you like to compete against?
Anyone, I love competition.
Competitions you have competed in including placings?
2006 Commonwealth Games - Gold
2010 Commonwealth Games - Silver
3 World Junior Championships
3 World Championships
Future Competitions planned?
2012 Olympic Games
2014 Commonwealth Games
2016 Olympic Games
2018 Commonwealth Games
What competitions would you like to win?
2014 & 2018 Commonwealth Games
People you would like to thank? (sponsors, coaches, friends, family
My coach Miles and all the people in my life who have helped me get to the position I'm in.
2006 Commonwealth Games
2010 Commonwealth Games
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