Ipswich athlete receives Commonwealth Games boost
THE countdown is on for Deb Acason and what better way to boost her motivation levels than competing at next year's Commonwealth Games venue.
That's exactly how the Ipswich competitor felt after a pleasing effort at the recent Commonwealth and Oceania championships at Carrara.
Chasing selection in her fifth Commonwealth Games team, Acason was delighted with her fourth place finish in the Commonwealth.
Acason's 217kg total in the 90kg class was 7kg better than her performance at the national titles in June.
For the 34-year-old veteran of the sport, that provided a massive boost preparing for the 2018 Commonwealth Games selection trials in Sydney on December 17.
"I had a bit of an injury so I didn't really know how I was going to go that competition,'' Acason said.
"I came out and did almost as much as I was hoping to do, so I was really happy about that.''
She's hoping to add another 10kg to her total at the selection trials in December.
Acason said competing at next year's Commonwealth Games venue would help keep her focused chasing another international sporting dream.
The competition attracted 400 weightlifters, showcasing the venue facilities being used for the 2018 Games.
"It's just a massive indoor stadium,'' she said.
"Everyone was very impressed, from all the other countries. They were all there to see what it's going to be like for next year.
"Just walking in there, it was great.
"The warm-up room is just massive. It's as big a venue, if not bigger, than the world championships I've been to.''
The elite sportswoman was also pleased to see another lifter at her Ipswich Olympic Weightlifting Academy strengthen his prospects of Commonwealth Games selection.
Leo Lark has been training at the Dinmore venue.
Lark, who competes in the 77kg division, only needs to add a few more kilograms to his total to be in contention for the Australian team.
"He did really well,'' Acason said. "He hasn't got that much more to go to be right up there.''
The 2018 Commonwealth Games weightlifting team is being announced on December 20.