Double gold for junior weightlifter

May 20, 2017

Smashing goals:Kalah Clohesy is a Victorian Champion in weightlifting, winning gold in both the snatch and clean and jerk.

Kalah Clohesy is a state junior weightlifting champion for the second year running.

After putting in a supreme effort at the Victorian Junior Championships last year, just months after taking up the sport, she has backed it up with an even better performance.

Clohesy, 16, received a gold medal in the snatch as well as the clean and jerk discipline and was thrilled with the resulting state selection.

‘‘It’s an amazing feeling and a really good sense of accomplishment,’’ she said.

‘‘This year it’s a bit more of ‘okay I can do this’ but last year it was super exciting because it was my first time.’’

Clohesy snatched 50kg in the under-17s age bracket but it was in the clean and jerk where she turned heads.

Lifting 80kg in the youth category, she rose to the top despite coming up against competitors up to five years older than her.

Working towards the tournament since the start of the year, Clohesy spends countless hours in the gym.

‘‘I train four times a week, they’re pretty full on sessions and my program is pretty full on with all different types of strength movements,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s a lot of building my quads up lots and doing squats, lots of pulls and all different sorts of movements.’’

Clohesy received praise from her coach Sara Niglia who said her gold medals were deserved given her commitment to the sport.

‘‘She’s very dedicated, she follows all the rules and she always puts in 100 per cent, not only during training but also outside with her eating and everything like that,’’ she said.

‘‘This time last year she was competing in the 69kg bracket, then down to 62 and then down to 58 for this competition so she’s done really well to be that dedicated to changing her nutrition.’’

Clohesy’s next step is to aim for national glory in Brisbane in July, with Oceania titles in September also on the horizon for the talented teenager.

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