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Executive Board

President Chris Michaelopoulos
Vice President Mary Macken
Treasurer Luke Borreggine
Secretary Linda Eades
Executive Members Jon Valentine

Dr. Robert  Mitchell

Michael Pang




 

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History

 

 

Since the inception of the sport in Australia in 1912, NSW has been one of two states (Victoria being the other) that have been the driving force behind the sport of weightlifting in this country.

 

Officially the Association was formed in 1935 and it was known then as the NSW Amateur Weightlifters Association saw that name changed to the NSW Weightlifting Association (NSWWA) in 1991. Over the years, like nineteen other Olympic sports, weightlifting was a minor sport.

 

In the early years the likes of people such as Jim Dovey, Brian Marsden and later on Joe Hensal were inspirations to young lifters within NSW. Australian weightlifting coming to the forefront during the late 60's, 70's and 80's with such weightlifters as Arthur Shannos, Gerald Hay, Maany Santos, George Vasil, Nick Voukalatos and Don Mitchell. Not neglecting to mention the officials of the likes of Lyn Jones, Don Simpson, Ralph Cashman and the late Bruce Walsh, all of whom were motivating factors

for many years. Lifters like Michelle Kettner, Mehmet Yagci and Kiril Kounev in the recent 90's have continued to inspire the young with their efforts on the competition platform. Coaching and administration personal such as Luke Borreggine, Kostas Valsamakis and Steve Tikkanen have ensured that the sport of weightlifting has flourish going into the new millennium.

 

In 1979 the NSW Government commenced assisting the Association with partial funding for the position of the Associations Executive Director and the means of establishing its first full time employee. Recently the Department of Sport and Recreation has been partially funding the position of the NSWWA Development Officer.

 

In 1982 the NSWWA adopted the NSW Schoolboy Clean and Jerk program, and later on in 1986 included women within the program to become what it is now known as the NSW Schoolboy/Girl Clean and Jerk Competition. Becoming a major recruitment factor within the NSWWA, incorporated within the National development program.

 

In the 1990's we witnessed the inception of the NSW Academy of Sport until the NSW Government passes legislation forming the NSW Institute of Sport of which NSW Weightlifting has benefited greatly from. As we drive into the new millennium.

 

2000 and beyond saw companies like DK Blue, Sydney Confidential and NSW Sport and Recreation become supporters of the NSW Weightlifting Association and it's lifters.

 

The start of 2007 saw the NSW Weightlifting headquarters and High Performance centre relocate to Sydney Olympic Park, Sports Centre. After 39 years at the Burwood PCYC where many lifters trained and became Olympians and Commonwealth Medallists.

 

In 2009 the NSWWA hosted the World Weightlifting Masters Games. The event featured 418 competitors over 10 days at the Showground, at Olympic Park.

 

2010 was a milestone for NSWWA, as it celebrated its 75th Jubilee Annivesrary with a Fundrasing at Le Montage in Lilyfield. The night attracted 538 people including VIP guests from the International Weightlifting Federation, Australian Olympic Committee, Australian Commonwealth Games Association with many past and present Olympic and Commonwealth games athletes.

 

In the following five years the association continued to host fundraising dinners in 2012 and 2014 with 444 and 418 attendees respectively, concluding with the association hosting a dinner last year on October 30th, 2015 to celebrate its 80 years of weightlifting within NSW and Australia.

 

 
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