Tori Gallegos — Qld, Youth, born 2003
Undoubtedly, the No. 1 female teen to watch out for in 2020 is Tori Gallegos.
Tori is no amateur when it comes to competing on the international stage. Not only has she competed for Australia a number of times, she has also competed at the Reebok CrossFit Games as a teen competitor.
“I’ve switched focuses and now I just focus on weightlifting,” Tori says, which is amazing news for Australian Weightlifting.
So there was no surprise when, in November 2019, Tori totalled 178kg to qualify for her first World Championships. The crazy thing is, she’s still only a Youth lifter but will be heading to Bucharest, Romania, in March to compete in the Junior division. This will put Tori up against girls four years older than her in some cases.
“I have a massive year of comps for me. Obviously, the big two will be Youth Worlds and Junior Worlds, so pretty much peaking for those two.”
Out of the four national-level competitions Tori has competed in, she has won three. The only girl to beat her has been Sabah Chamoun at the 2019 Junior and Under 23 Nationals — and Sabah is three years older.
It’s only a matter of time until Tori steps into the Senior ranks and takes on the best around the country, and the world.
Coach: Greg Hobl
Club: Toowoomba Weightlifting Ass.
Under the watchful eye of one of the best coaches in Australia — Miles Wydell at Cougars Weightlifting Club in Brisbane — Jett has had a string of successes through the Youth ranks. But, turning 18 years old this year, Jett has his work cut out for him moving into the Junior ranks.
Jett has already had a long weightlifting career starting in 2013, when he snatched 17kg and clean & jerked 23kg. Since then, he has competed in the Youth Olympic Games in 2018 and then had a stellar performance at the 2019 IWF Youth World Champs, where he went 6/6.
Jett has a lot of achievements from the past few years, which include seven national championship titles (Under 15, Youth and Junior), Youth Commonwealth Champion and 15 national records.
This kid is the real deal and will be making waves in 2020 — and many years to come.
Coach: Miles Wydell
Club: Cougars Weightlifting Club