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Acason walks away standing tall after Games bid

GLASGOW GLOW: Former Ipswich sportswoman Deborah Acason holds the Commonwealth Games torch during her record-breaking achievement.
GLASGOW GLOW: Former Ipswich sportswoman Deborah Acason holds the Commonwealth Games torch during her record-breaking achievement. CONTRIBUTED

IPSWICH-bred achiever Deborah Acason will return to Queensland without a medal for the first time in four Commonwealth Games appearances.

However, finishing fourth among the super heavyweights in Glasgow proved the sporting mum is still a fine competitor at international level.

Acason totalled 236kg to finish behind gold medal-winning Nigerian Maryam Usman (280kg), Samoan silver medallist Ele Opeloge (271kg) and New Zealander Tracey Lambrechs (237kg).

However, Acason weighed just 93kg compared to Usman's 120kg frame, Opeloge's 130kg of strength and Lambrechs at 102kg.

Acason knew before the Games that her bigger opponents were the major threats to her building on her gold, silver and bronze medals won from past Games in Manchester (2002), Melbourne (2006) and Delhi (2010).

Having returned to training after the birth of her daughter Eva, Acason had to work on her own, being in Miles where her husband Josh serves as a pastor.

She worked on her lifting on a concrete slab and rubber mat set up outside Josh's church.

It was only in recent weeks she returned to her more familiar training facilities at Chandler.

However, all the while, Acason never complained.

She quietly went about preparing to create history as the first Australian weightlifter to represent her country at four consecutive Commonwealth Games.

In the lead-up to her latest competition, Acason revealed she became a little travel sick on the long flight to Scotland.

She was flying with Eva, having motherly demands to also attend to. But the former Ipswich and District Athletic Club thrower received some welcome help.

"The team was so good with Eva and helped me with my bags and with her whenever they could," Acason said, highlighting a spirit of comraderie in the national team.

"It took about 10 days for my legs to get to full strength and power after the flight.

"We also have lots of stairs. I'm on the third floor."

The former Ipswich resident shared other insights into Games Village life.

"I remembered how much walking there is at any Games," she said. "Walking to the food hall, medical for massage, to buses. Everywhere is walking.

"Apparently someone tracked that they were walking more than 14,000 steps per day here.

"I started walking in the morning back in Miles about six weeks ago to get used to it so that really helped."

As a proud ambassador for Ipswich before moving to Miles, Acason showed her national patriotism in Glasgow.

"I spent two hours getting my nails done in green with gold sparkles and Aussie flag and a white cross," she said.

"It's something I never spend time doing usually.

"I got a spray tan, hot rocks massage, facial, hair cut and wash. Might as well look my best on the platform."

She did.

It's just a shame she wasn't rewarded with another Commonwealth Games medal.

Topics:  commonwealth games 2014, deborah acason, weightlifting



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