Deadly Vibe Issue 43 August 2000
Anthony Martin grew up in Rosewood Queensland where he started weightlifting through his school. He got into weightlifting because he was strong from playing other sports like shotput, discus, basketball and rugby union.
His first major career win came when he was 15 in the State Championship under 16 Super Heavyweight division. He had only been lifting for a coulple of months, he was very surprised to win!
He is the first Aboriginal to compete for Australia in weightlifting and he is doing a great job just check out his records held and sporting achievements.
His lifestyle offers lots of over seas travel which he loves especially going to Europe though the one fallback is that he cannot have a job because he is away so much, this seems to be the restriction that his commitment to sport has put on him. I think his sporting job is big enough!
His training consists of lifting weights 6 days a week for 2 hours in the morning and 2.5 hours in the afternoon. His diet consists of just about anything but not too much take away.
His preparation for a major event consists of a change from his usual 2 month cycle to a 4 week cycle.
His greatest inspiration continues to be his coach Mike Keelan.
Anthony’s dream of ultimate achievement in sport is of course to be an Olympian so keep your eyes peeled in Sydney in September. When asked how he feels about his culture he replied ‘ I am proud of who I am and where I’m from”.
Weight Lifting Achievements
1995 National U16, U18, U20 108 + kg Champion
1996 1996 National U18, U20 108 + kg Champion
International U18 108 + kg Champion, Klosterneuberg Cup Austria.
International 108 + kg Champion, Telstra Junior International, Melbourne Australia
1997 National U18, U20 108 + kg Champion
International 9th, Junior world Championships, Republic of South Africa
International 108 + kg Champion, telstra junior Oceania Championships
1998 National Commonwealth Games Selection trials, Finalist.
International 14th, Junior World Championships, Sofia, Bulgaria.
1999 World Junior Championships – 6th Savana USA.
2000 National 108 + kg Champion – Brisbane Australia
1995 Queensland Weightlifting Rookie of the Year
1996 Queensland Weightlifting Best Junior Male
Olympic Training Centre for ATSI Scholarship recipient
1997 Olympic Training Centre for ATSI Scholarship recipient Queensland Weightlifting Best junior Male
ATSI National Junior Sportsman of the year
1998 Olympic Training Centre for ATSI Scholarship recipient.
QUEENSLAND U16, U18, Open
OLYMPIC COMPETITION DATES
16-26 September 2000
VENUE: Sydney Convention Centre
Date Of Birth:
11 January 1979
Kimberly region (Kitjaa/Bunabaa Tribe)
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