POWERING UP: Bundaberg's Matthew Eichmann will compete at the youth Commonwealth championships next week in Queensland.
POWERING UP: Bundaberg's Matthew Eichmann will compete at the youth Commonwealth championships next week in Queensland. Shane Jones

LIFTING TO GAMES: Eichmann to compete at youth championships

WEIGHTLIFTING: Bundaberg's Matthew Eichmann has unfinished business on the Gold Coast next week.

The 16-year-old will compete in the youth Commonwealth championships after winning two gold medals at the youth states and youth nationals this year.

He also won silver at the junior nationals.

Eichmann's lifts of 96kg in the clean and jerk and 81kg in the snatch for a combined total of 176kg qualified him for the event.

At his best, which is 183kg, the Bundaberg State High School student can lift three times his weight in competition.

"It's my first international competition - I can't wait,” he said.

"We'll just have to ... see how I go. I'm there for the experience.”

In competition, Eichmann will try to lift as much as he can in snatch before doing the same in clean and jerk.

The weightlifter has so far mastered the clean and jerk or the snatch, but not both.

He said it was all about concentration and taking both lifts as they come.

"If I get a really good snatch, I'll sort of get excited and really drained once you get to the clean and jerk.

"So I'll try to stay calm and focus on technique without getting too worked up.”

He's also been preparing well while handling all the rigours of going to school.

"I've tried to train about nine times a week but a lot of time I didn't actually get there,” he said.

"We were trying to do 90 to 95% continually each day for the whole day.”

Eichmann said the preparation could lead him to break his own personal best in the 62kg and under class.

"I really hope so, with any luck,” he said.

"We will just see how we go.”

If Eichmann can, a medal is not out of the question.

"With any luck that (183 and above) would get me in third, but we'll see how it goes,” he said.

"I just really want to lift heavy again.

"I want to get a heavy snatch and have heavy and good clean and jerks.”

Eichmann will compete on Tuesday at the Carrara Sport and Leisure Centre.



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