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Deb lifts for last hurrah

Ipswich weightlifter Deborah Acason screams with determination on her way to a bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Ipswich weightlifter Deborah Acason screams with determination on her way to a bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Phil Walter/Getty Images

IPSWICH achiever Deborah Acason has never done anything in halves.

Her full-on life is a remarkable story of diversity and sporting conquests.

With the London Olympics just weeks away, nothing has changed for the international weightlifter despite being a new mum.

She's training hard in the hope of securing a place on the Australian team for her third and final Olympic Games.

"I'm just putting everything into it," said Acason, who turns 29 a week before the Olympics start.

"This is my last big one so I'm going to try and make it a good one."

Acason and husband Josh's first child Eva was born on September 7 last year.

But it didn't take long for the former international athlete and rugby player to resume training.

After just six weeks, she was back doing light stretching and bar work.

The first-time mum even added a political venture by running as a Family First Party candidate at the recent state election.

"That was good. I was happy with how that went and had a lot of people help me out," she said.

Having represented Australia at the 2004 (Athens) and 2008 (Beijing) Olympics, Acason knows what is required to compete at the highest level. She finished 12th in Athens and came eighth on the world stage four years ago.

This sporting campaign, Acason has two last stages to secure her spot on the 2012 Australian team.

She's off to Samoa from June 4-10 before receiving a final opportunity at the Australian championships at Chandler a week later.

The Commonwealth Games gold and bronze medallist has to be the number one ranked lifter to qualify.

Her targets to make the team are at least 107kg in the snatch and 132kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 240kg.

"Samoa is where I've got to try and do the highest total," she said.

"Depending on what happens there, I've still got the week after that to try to reach it."

Adding to her challenge this time, Australian weightlifting officials have left it until the final day under Olympic qualifying guidelines to name representatives.

The Olympic qualifying process this year also requires a national team commitment, rather than collective Oceania points system.

"In Samoa, we (Australia) have to come top four out of the team's events," she said.

"At the moment, we're sitting on about fourth and there's two points between fifth and sixth as well so it's going to be very tight to even qualify one woman for the Olympics."

However, nothing fazes the competitive mum.

"I'm getting back up there. I'm not at 100% yet," she said.

"My training is going really well and I've just got that last four weeks to get a lot more strength underneath my belt and hopefully come out with a good total in Samoa."

Topics:  deborah acason london olympics



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