Rockingham: two female weightlifters prove age is no barrier to strength

Zoe Stolton and Alecia Jokic.
Zoe Stolton and Alecia Jokic.

TWO females are proving age is no barrier to strength after being accepted into high-level weightlifting competitions in Spain and Brisbane.

Zoe Stolton and Alecia Jokic both train at the Olympifit Gym in Rockingham under head coach Bob Pavone.

Mrs Stolton has been at the gym for two years and is currently ranked fourth in the world for age (50 – 54) in the 48kg division.

She will compete at the International Weightlifting Federation’s World Masters Championships in Barcelona, Spain from August 17.

“I got into weightlifting for my cycling – I still am a cyclist and I wanted more strength in my legs for that,” she said.

“It just shows that age doesn’t mean anything. It’s amazing – Bob’s a fantastic, supportive coach.”

Teenager Alecia Jokic has been a BMX rider for the past three years and also was looking to build strength.

Having done weightlifting for less than a year, the 15-year-old is already the Australian Youth Champion in the 75kg division and ranked second out of all Juniors.

In September she will represent Western Australia at the Under 20 Junior Nationals in Queensland.

“Going in this competition feels good, doing weightlifting has helped me go faster with my BMX,” she said.

Mr Pavone said Alecia also recently won a silver in the state youth competition.

“She won convincingly in the nationals and considering she has only been in training for eight months it’s an awesome result,” he said.

“Olympic weightlifting supplements all other sports, making you strong and flexible.”

The gym has recently found a new home after being in Baldivis for a short time.

“We were very fortunate to get these premises in Rockingham next to the Sound City Church who leased the space to us,” he said.

“It’s been really good here and everyone has settled in well – I just want to thank the church for helping us out.”

Olympifit is located at 7 McCamey Avenue, Rockingham.