By James K. Attaglo Wilson

As Australia is preparing to stage the most memorable Commonwealth Games ever, so are the athletes also gearing up to writing their names in gold.

In view of that Team Australia have named a strong 16-man Team to represent the country in the weightlifting competition.

Team Australia [weightlifting] is led by Queensland duo – Damon Kelly and Deborah Acason. The two will be making a combined ninth time Commonwealth Games appearance.

Damon Kelly has represented Australia in three Commonwealth Games – Melbourne 2006 [silver], Delhi 2010, and Glasgow 2014 [bronze] whiles Acason, a fifth timer has won medals in her previous Games including a gold medal in the Melbourne 2006 competition.

Additionally Tia-Clair Toome, who was crowned as the ‘Worlds Fittest Woman’ at the 2017 CrossFit Games will feature for Team Australia.

Damon Kelly [Australia]
Damon Kelly [Australia]
The Australian Weightlifting Team and their respective weight categories are follows:


Phillip Liao – 56k Category

Vannara Be – 62k Category

Brandon Wakeling – 69k Category

Francois Etoundi – 77k Category

Boris Elesin – 85k Category

Simplice Ribouem – 94k Category

Ridge Barredo – 105k Category

Damon Kelly – +105k Category


Alyce Stephenson – 48k Category

Tegan Napper – 53k Category

Tia Clair Toomey – 58k Category

Seen Lee – 63k Category

Philippa Malone – 69k Category

Stephanie Davies – 75k Category

Kaitlyn Fassina – 90k Category

Deborah Acason – +90k Category

The weightlifting event will be held at the superb new Carrara Sports Centre

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