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Competition day - Deb Acason GC2018 Blog

27 April 2018

Deborah Acason in action. (Photo provided)

Deborah Acason in action. (Photo provided)

Deborah's daughter showing us how it's done. (photo provided)

Deborah's daughter showing us how it's done. (photo provided)

Well competition day has come and gone! I made sure I supported as many of my weightlifting team mates as possible prior to my competition which was Monday 9 April at 2pm. Hearing the deafening crowd for the previous sessions helped me prepare for what I would encounter for mine. All the hard work was done and now it was time to perform in front of my home crowd. 

I woke Monday morning not sure whether I had nerves or was just hungry. I casually went to brekkie with a few of my team mates and only managed to eat a banana and 2 bits of toast. I had to pass the time before my bus to the weigh in so I went to the hairdressers to get my free hair style. Once this was done I wandered back to my room to double check my bag, have a physio stretch out my hips and then make my coffee and head to the bus. 

Weigh in didn’t take long and I was exactly the weight I needed to be. 93kg in a 90+kg category.

I felt like this competition I was able to walk the line perfectly between being hyped up and also staying focused on the job. My warm up was perfect and my opening lift on 95kg snatch flew up easily.

My next weight was 99kg which I nailed but had to step forward a bit. My third snatch on 101kg was clearly the best of the 3 and was a season best. I was pumped after getting all 3 snatches and showed this to the audience with an arm roundhouse celebration.

Next the clean & jerk warm up went perfectly too. Trying to save energy for the competition platform while also lifting heavy weight is a tough ask. My first lift on 120kg was an equal season best so getting the 125kg was really good.

I did have to walk a bit and finished standing right on the edge of the platform. My last on 127kg would’ve meant a perfect competition for me but unfortunately even after an easy and strong clean, I didn’t ram that bar over my head aggressively enough and the bar was just put in front of my body.

I ended up running forward to try to save the lift but took the camera out and hit the safety bar. It was a spectacular way to finish my 5th Commonwealth Games - 4th place.

I’m very grateful to the support of my coach, Husband, parents and sister. I know my girls Eva and Ella were really excited to watch me lift and cheered me on. Thanks to the QAS who have supported me along this journey too. Very thankful.

Deb Lovely-Acason 

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27 April 2018