But weight, there’s more

September 12, 2017

Shepparton's Kalah Closey has an eye for the 2022 Commonwealth Games after winning gold in Queensland.

She may be small in stature, but Kalah Clohesy will most likely lift more than you.

Clohesy, 16, competed at the Oceania and Commonwealth Championships in Queensland last weekend and returned to Shepparton as the Junior Oceania champion.

‘‘I never expected it, I was really nervous and to do as well as I did was a huge surprise,’’ Clohesy said.

‘‘To bring home the gold was a huge surprise as I knew I was competing against older competitors.’’

The Notre Dame student, who weighs just 58kg, almost snatched her own weight, lifting 5kg less than what she was at the time.

Remarkably, she surpassed that feat in the clean and jerk section in which she lifted 78kg to bring home the gold medal in a dominant display.

The budding prodigy has only been lifting weights for just more than a year and with grand ambitions, the Commonwealth Games are on her radar.

‘‘I just want to keep competing, I love doing it and hopefully one day I can represent my country at the Commonwealth Games,’’ Clohesy said.

‘‘Next year’s games are probably too soon, but definitely 2022.’’

Her trainer and mentor Sara Niglia was full of praise for the youngster, admiring her work ethic and love for the sport.

‘‘Her dedication, her passion and enthusiasm to go above and beyond in order to get the best out of herself is second to none,’’ Niglia said.

‘‘She does everything she can possible to always be at her best and to reach the next level.’’

In preparation for the titles Clohesy needed to cut to make weight, train five days a week and make sure she was in the best possible condition and that is where Sean Reidy from The Performance Project came in to the picture.

‘‘Mobility and movement is fundamental and as the physical preparation coach my number one goal was to make sure Kalah was moving well,’’ Reidy said.

‘‘We worked on her movement patterns and we had to make sure that she was strong in her technique so she didn’t get injured lifting so much weight.’’

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