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Victorian Youth and Under 15 team announcement

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On September 28, our Victorian Youth and Under 15 team will be kitting up to compete at their age group National competition.

The team consists of some incredible talent, and all will be pushing for that top spot on the podium at the Sleeman Centre in Brisbane.

YOUTH

Male

Joel WOOD 55 KG Category
Seth SCHADENDORFF 67 KG Category
Dexter TODD 67 KG Category
Alexander MIFSUD 73 KG Category
Conor MACDONALD 73 KG Category
Hayden TREW 81 KG Category
Tyreese CRUZ 96 KG Category

Female

Phoenix GOODWIN 49 KG Category
Amber FIELDER 55 KG Category
Helena MACDONALD 59 KG Category

UNDER 15 

Male

Joel WOOD 55 KG Category
Dexter TODD 67 KG Category
Conor MACDONALD 73 KG Category
Tyreese CRUZ 96 KG Category

Female

Phoenix GOODWIN 49 KG Category
Serena LARSEN 49 KG Category
Taylah BOSTON 64 KG Category
Sarah JONES 71 KG Category
Carly WHALEN 76 KG Category

Staring in the lightweight, 55kg division, Joel Wood is a 15-year-old we should all be looking out for. He is equal second in the country in the 55kg category with a 113kg total. Very impressive stuff. He’s on a roll at the moment too, with back-to-back competitions going 6/6. He’s only missed one lift in the last three comps. Getting into the pointy end of the year, Joel is displaying the kind of consistency every lifter strives for. But with only 8kg separating 2nd through 5th, it’s anyone’s guess who’s going to take out this category. Coached by a former World Masters champion Lani Lane, Wood has put himself in a great position to succeed.

Dexter Todd is a name you will hear a lot more of in the future. Under the watchful eye of Lester Ho (TG strength) Dexter has consistently increased his total in the past year, and now he’s preparing to take on his first Nationals. Todd sits just outside third place in the 67kg Youth division and comfortably in 1st in the Under 15s. Going up against athletes two years older is going to be a tough ask but going off his 90kg power clean he hit recently, Todd is up to the challenge.

Dexter Todd, Photo Credit: VWA

Conor MacDonald of Controlled Chaos Weightlifting has been lifting for only just over a year. He started when he was 13 years old and has been slowly and quietly working his way up the ranks. This young super star holds the National clean & jerk U15 record at 108kg, and recently power cleaned 110kg in training. 

Conor’s coach, Josh Ward, says he’s never in his life met such a young athlete that has such a great competitive spirit. This will stand Conor in good stead when he kits up for his first Nationals to take on a serious competitor from Queensland in Kaia Davis. Davis has 3kg on Conor at the moment, and holds the National total record. This will be a battle you won’t want to miss.

Amber Fielder is coming off the back of a couple performances she is not happy with. A boom at her first international and a 3/6 showing at Junior Nationals. Amber has told TWP in the past that her mental game is her biggest weakness and that she has been focusing on herself and her own lifting. 

Leading into the Youth comp, this is more important than ever. Amber is undoubtedly one of the strongest and best Youth lifters in the country on a good day — for example, at the Controlled Chaos Classic when she pulled out an enormous 68kg clean & jerk under pressure to make the Australian team. Amber needs to find that same confidence to show everyone (but more importantly herself) how great a lifter she is.

The name Phoenix Goodwin should start to sound familiar by now. This 14-year-old holds all the National records in the snatch, clean & jerk and total for the Under 17 division. Phoenix sits comfortably in first place in Australia by 15kg after her 6/6, silver-medal performance at Junior (Under 20) Nationals. This competition will be a great opportunity for Phoenix to get more experience on the national platform.

Stay tuned as we will have the preliminary start list up ASAP and our next Behind The Platform episode will be coming soon.

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