Hawken snatches personal best
The Southland Olympic Weightlifting 2012 year ended on a high with a personal best snatch of 41kgs by 15-year-old Jade Hawken.
She has had a stellar year with setting under-15 year records and is still improving her technique.
Hawken shows a definite degree of maturity in her lifting that can only get better, She clean and jerked 46kgs to total a superb 87kgs.
Ethan Hawken, Jade's well performed older brother, has also had a splendid year full of improvements and is promising to really excit the national level figures next season.
He totalled 175kgs.
This 16-year-old has the potential to really make ''waves'' in the year ahead.
Top national senior woman lifter Ruth Anderson-Horrell convincingly totalled 156kgs to show that she is creating a personal niche in New Zealand weightlifting. She lifts with great enthusiasm and good technique.
Eighteen-year-old Ashleigh MacDougall has had a good year and totalled a good 121kgs.
MacDougall has shown year-long dedication and this has resulted in improvements throughout the year.
A new senior lifter lifter Michael Ungerer demonstrated excellent technique to total 185kgs. This lifter has much raw potential and is someone to watch in 2013.