There are so many big names lifting this weekend. Just looking at WA’s preliminary start-list, you can see that they will soon be a threat for the State Shields in a few years’ time.
Held at Rev Barbell Club — the premiere weightlifting facility in Western Australia and undoubtedly one of the nicest looking clubs in Australia — Senior States will be a cracker to watch.
The field is littered with some young talent who will be putting pressure on many of the more established seniors.
One of the youngest lifters in the field, 17-year-old Noah Russell, has an entry total of 170kg in the 67kg weight category. But after making an 85kg snatch — plus a near miss at 90kg — last weekend, this kid will mean serious business come Sunday. Only one month earlier he just managed to hit a 74kg snatch at the Youth State Champs, so Noah is progressing at incredible speed.
Oliver Saxton, another 17 year old, has entered a low entry total of 250kg after only last month totalling 255kg. Oliver has a great chance to go home with his first senior gold medal. Chris Parfitt will undoubtedly need to fight hard to hold off this young lifter 15 year his junior.
We will again of course be watching Ruby Carwardine, the 18-year-old 71kg lifter, go up against Tara Pratt, 28 years old and 81kg. This will be the battle to determine the best overall female lifter. Both lifters have been having some great results recently with Tara winning the OWF Eleiko International competition and Ruby increasing her total by 11kg in the last comp. These are two names that should always be on your watchlist, each and every time they step onto the platform.
The final men’s session of the day is filled with talent. Cody Wilks has entered a pretty low entry total at 290kg considering his best total is 311kg. This will be his first competition back since Senior Nationals 2019, so it’s likely just an opportunity to brush off the cobwebs.
There are two new men on the scene who might well steal the show. David James and Suamili Nanai. For both of these lifters, this is their second official competition. And both have posted their biggest entry totals to date: 310kg for David and 317kg for Suamili.
David is very active on Instagram with his training and he continues to look stronger and stronger. We here at The Weightlifting Platform won’t be surprised if we see something massive out of him on the weekend.
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