Young weightlifters set more goals
Southland Boys' High School students Ethan Hawken, Peter Spedding and Kahlil Kingi-Kelso won gold medals in the youth section at the South Island weightlifting championships in Dunedin recently.
Competing in the 69kg weight class, Hawken's total lift was 185kg - 80kg snatch and 105kg clean and jerk. He and his sister Jade, who won gold in the women's 58kg weight class with a 95kg total lift - 45kg snatch and 50kg clean and jerk - were named the best youth lifters at the championship.
Spedding qualified for the national championships in Christchurch in October by lifting 167kg - 72kg snatch and 95kg clean and jerk - in the 85kg weight class.
His development as a lifter has delighted Invercargill coach Jules Dempsey.
"He's only been lifting a year and is coming up real quick. He's nearly at the elite level."
Kingi-Kelso topped the 62kg weight class in Dunedin with his lift of 106kg - 48kg snatch and 58kg clean and jerk.
Hawken, Spedding and Kingi- Kelso will represent Southland Boys' High School at the South Island secondary schools competition in Christchurch next month.
The national championships are also a goal of Hawken, who has been a weightlifter for three years.
Another Boys' High lifter, Blake McCorkindale, at silver level, is out of competition awaiting a knee operation.
"I'm wanting a fast recovery," he said.
One of Spedding's long-range goals is to represent New Zealand, while an ambition of Hawken's is to win at the nationals.
Kingi-Kelso is showing promise in his first year of lifting.
The Southland Times