LITHGOW Hospital dietician Peter Ticehurst returned to Lithgow this week as a reigning Australian and Oceania Masters Olympic Weightlifting Champion.
Competing in the 85kg class Ticehurst achieved a total of 98kg; an 8kg improvement on his personal best. Although hoping to break the 100kg barrier his four successful lifts gave him the 2012 titles.
This year the nationals were held at Brisbane’s Sleeman Sports Complex in Chandler, site of the 1982 Commonwealth Games.
Both the Australian nationals and the inaugural Oceanic Masters where held, with medals awarded for both.
Although there are officially 26 nations in the Oceania region, only the New Zealanders turned up.
Ticehurst was also representing NSW and his success added to the teams total points, but unfortunately NSW was able to field only the one team.
Queensland had three and so for the third year in a row the Queenslanders took out the teams trophy.
Although only active in the sport for just over 12 months, with the guidance of recently retired Australian Olympic Weightlifting Head coach Luke Borreggine and Commonwealth Games head coach Steve Tikkanen of Titans Weightlifting Club at the NSW Institute of Sport Ticehurst was able to achieve a high enough standard to competently compete at this year’s masters.
Read how Peter achieved his goal in today's Lithgow Mercury.