Victoria has a large team heading to Nationals this year with 47 total athletes heading to Canberra. The women’s team looks very strong and will likely put some pressure on the dominant Queensland team for the overall best team trophy.
The Victorian team has been announced and, barring any last-minute injuries or changes, this will be the team of athletes who will be scoring points for Victoria.
The 2019 Australian Senior Championships will be held at the Australian Institute of Sport in
Canberra, and the event will be live-streamed at https://www.awf.com.au/webcast.
Tonk SOK (67kg)
James DELANEY (73kg)
Shane ZUNCKEL M81kg
An-Ti HSU (89kg)
Boris ELESIN (89kg)
Michael CENSORI (96kg)
Nic SCHEELINGS (96kg)
Luke GAZZOLA (102kg)
Brandon ACCARDI (109kg)
Nahir MALKI (+109kg)
Chris ACKLAND (73kg) (Reserve)
Matthew PIT (89kg) (Reserve)
Emily SCOTT (49kg)
Monika ENDRES (49kg)
Natalia CHOROBCZYK (55kg)
Jenna LENICH (59kg)
Seen LEE (59kg)
Katrina SMITH (64kg)
Lynda EDWARDS (64kg)
Caity HANIVER (71kg)
Leora YATES (81kg)
Kate LINFORD (+87kg)
Nicky CUMMINS (71kg) (Reserve)
Teagan NEWMAN (76kg) (Reserve)
A few names to watch out for…
Emily Scott (8.30am, October 19)
On the first session of the weekend, Emily lines up for her sixth Nationals and comes in as the hot favourite. Finishing third in 2018, Emily is looking strong and comfortably in the top spot on the preliminary start list.
Natalia Chorobczyk (8.30am, October 19)
In the same session as Emily but in the 55kg weight category, this returning National champ is looking stronger than ever and still on the rise. Nat has increased her total by 7kg since last year, making it seem even more likely she’ll be a back-to-back national champ after this weekend.
Seen Lee (1pm, October 19)
Seen Lee is one of the oldest athletes within the ultra-competitive 59kg category. She is ranked 2nd, sitting 10kg below Erika Yamasaki and 2kg above the 2018 National champ Jacinta Carrol. Seen stays very quiet with her training. She has no social media, so it can be tough to know where she’s at. But one thing you can be sure of is that she knows how to compete with the best!
Katrina Smith (6pm, October 19)
A Canadian expat who has shaken things up in the 64kg category. Competing in her first Australian Nationals, she is ranked 2nd and, depending on whether Sarah Cochrane decides to compete, Kat has a great shot at taking out the title.
James Delany (10.30am, October 19)
Victoria’s young 73 that will be competing against NSW’s Joshua Wu. Sitting 9kg behind first place, James will need to have the competition of his life to top Joshua.
Boris Elesin (8.30am, October 20)
A 2018 Commonwealth Games athlete and Victoria’s best shot at gold in the men’s division. Boris will still have his work cut out for him in the 89s with Joel Gregson from WA only 6kg behind Boris on the starting lift. We haven’t seen much of Boris this year but be sure he will turn it on in Canberra.
An-Ti Hsu (8.30am, October 20)
Also in the 89s, An-Ti Hsu is sitting in third place heading into the most competitive men’s division. Having represented New Zealand on the international stage, An-Ti is no rookie when it comes to competing on a big stage.
Caity Haniver (10.30am, October 20)
One of Victoria’s rising womens lifters. Caity is looking incredibly strong coming into this weekend and all going well will lock up a gold for Victoria.
Nahir Malki (6pm, October 20)
Nahir is Victoria’s top super heavyweight and is always great to watch. Nahir is an extremely passionate lifter, and you can never really know what he will hit on any given day. Nahir will always make the jumps he needs to secure a podium spot.