The Australian Weightlifting Federation has decided to focus efforts on the Under 23 age group for the Pacific Cup in New Caledonia in early December, sending three male athletes to compete. Six athletes were selected: Joshua Wu (NSW), Jackon Howie (SA), and Orion Walsh (NSW), James Delaney (VIC), Sabah Chamoun (NSW) and Jackon Roberts-Young. However, only Joshua, Jackson and Orion accepted their invites.
Run by Australia’s very own Paul Coffa, the Pacific Cup is a great way to measure up against some of the best in the Pacific region.
Joshua will be hoping to redeem himself after a less-than-perfect performance in the Australian Nationals earlier this year. Joshua only managed a 3/6 on the day, which put him 11kg behind James Delaney. But, if you follow Joshua on social media, you’d know he’s been training hard and is looking in great shape to hit some big numbers in a couple of weeks.
Jackson Howie hit his best total in 2019 with 270kg at the Junior and Under 23 Nationals, having a fantastic day to go 5/6. It will be great to see if Jackson goes after a 272kg total, which will move him up into C grade — not to mention being an all-time personal record. We just saw Jackson crush an easy 130kg snatch on his instagram last week, so it’s say to say he in in fine form.
Orion was one of the most impressive performers at Nationals this year and 2019 National Champion. This 20-year-old won the 109+ division with personal records in the snatch, clean & jerk and total (150/177 for a 327kg total). This will be the second time Orion will put on the green and gold to represent Australia. He certainly deserves it after his incredible year.
The Pacific Cup will be held at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute on the 7th of December. If there is a live stream, you’ll be able to find it via The Weightlifting Platform website.