Weightlifting: Shelley teen bears the weight of expectation


William Saxton snatches 80kg.
William Saxton snatches 80kg.

RISING weightlifter William Saxton said it was a privilege to represent his country at the Commonwealth and Oceania Youth Championships.

The Shelley 16-year-old finished 19th in the Commonwealth youth men’s 77kg category and lifted 101kg in the snatch and 115kg in the clean and jerk.

Saxton said the tournament was a bit daunting at first, but he eventually found his footing.

“It was my first international, but it eased my nerves with all the coaches there, because of all their experience,” he said.

Saxton said the mental side of weightlifting was taxing and not a lot of people outside of the sport understood it.

“There was not too much training the week before because I tapered down, but there was more mental preparation than physical,” he said.

The Rossmoyne Senior High School student got into the sport through his parents when he was eight years old.

His mother Jay said it was common for weightlifters to start so young.

“The technique, you can’t learn as you get older,” she said.

“We spend a lot of time on technique. It’s just technique for ages, and when you hit the hormones, that’s when you put the weight on.”

His mother said contrary to what some may think, the sport was not dangerous.

“It’s not a risky sport, because you can’t move the weight if you haven’t got the strength,” she said.

“It’s not like you’re given 200kg and try to do something crazy with it.”

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