Lifters pick up hefty haul of medals, PBs

The Otago weightlifting team scored four medals, achieved some personal bests and broke three Otago weightlifting records at the New Zealand Olympic Weightlifting Championship last weekend.
Lifters Amanda Gould, Owen Webb, Josh Homersham and Marco Mollo all took home a medal from the three-day event in Auckland.
Otago Amateur Weightlifting Association president Callan Helms said the competition went ‘‘really, really well’’.
‘‘[There were] lots of really good results. Most people had a really good competition.’’
Gould and Homersham came second in their grades while Mollo and Webb secured bronze medals.
It was the first national weightlifting competition for Mollo and Webb, Helms said.
He said seeing Mollo win his medal was a highlight.
‘‘He needed his last clean and jerk to win the bronze medal and it was all on the line for that last lift and he smashed it, he knocked it out of the park.’’
There were plenty of competition personal bests and all time personal bests, he said.
‘‘Amanda Gould did a personal best clean and jerk to get her the silver medal.’’
Homersham, Mollo, Robert Jordan and Leigh Martel also got personal bests, he said.
Gould, Homersham and Jiro Ishida each broke an Otago weightlifting record during the competition.
Webb (17) said although he could have been more composed during his lifts, he enjoyed his first national competition.
‘‘It was definitely a good experience. I was happy to spend it with my team-mates.’’
The Otago Amateur Weightlifting Association will host the Senior and Junior Olympic Weightlifting National Championship next year.