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World star helps lifters

The South African Weightlifting Federation hosted a training camp for Youth and Junior lifters at the training centre in the Strand from 12-17 December.

The lifters at the camp were those that took part at the recent African and Commonwealth Championships recently held in South Africa. The Youth and Junior lifters had the opportunity to meet and train with 2010 Class European Champion and world class weightlifter Tom Goegebuer from Belgium. lifting in the 56kg class.

Tom was in South Africa with the South African Weightlifting national coach at the training centre for two weeks.

His training in South Africa is part of his preparation for the London 2012 Olympics Games. Our lifters at the camp were very fortunate to see a world class weightlifter on home soil training. Tom has also been assisting our lifters with their training during the camp, explaining to our lifters the importance of good techniques for the snatch and clean and jerk and also the importance of the strength training to achieve good results.

National coach, Aveenash Pandoo has entered into discussion with Goegebuer to make the training in South Africa an annual visit where our lifters can learn from the best and develop to the next level.  Towards the end of January we will have the visit of Ruth Kasirye, also a world class weightlifter in the 63kg women category from Norway to also come and train with our lifters and also help to boost our women weightlifting in South Africa.

As funding is always a critical matter to get to the top, it is very difficult to get our various age groups lifters to major tournaments for good exposure and growth, and therefore as mentioned by our Olympic Committee President Gideon Sam: ÔÇ£Why not get the overseas top lifters here in South Africa for training and thus learn from them and develop our sport.ÔÇØ

This is the first step in the right direction and with the support of the International and Continental Federation we will be marketing our country as an ideal place for training camps where our lifters could be exposed to the best.