Two Victorian athletes in Conor MacDonald and Phoenix Goodwin have been invited to the Talent Identification Program for the Oceania region. The program involves a week-long training camp run by General Secretary of the Oceania Weightlifting Federation Paul Coffa, and finishes with the Pacific Cup in New Caledonia.
Both are just 15 years old and are the only two athletes from across Australia to be selected. This will be an amazing opportunity for these two rising stars to train with — and get coached by — some of the best in the world.
Phoenix Goodwin has only been competing for just over a year but holds all the Australian records in the 49kg weight category. Winning best Under 15 female at the recent Youth Nationals and also best Under 15, Under 17 and best Under 20 at the Victorian state champs, Phoenix will go far. She has been training out of Richmond Weightlifting Club up until recently, when she moved across to Controlled Chaos Weightlifting Club where her new training partner is also the best Under 15 male in the country.
Conor MacDonald holds the snatch and total National records in the 73kg category. He has achieved that in a little over a year of training. With his raw power and amazing general athleticism, Conor has gone from strength to strength since he first picked up the barbell. His unwavering drive to compete and to be pushed by the best is something that can’t be taught and will serve him well as he comes up against stronger opponents as he gets older.
Both Conor and Phoenix are shooting to qualify for their first Oceania Youth Championships in 2020, reaching toward Youth Worlds in Peru later in the year.
We plan to follow Conor and Phoenix’s progress through the ranks over the coming months and years, so make sure you keep an eye out for our coverage.