Further Personal Information
||Brisbane, QLD, AUS
||Science - Queensland University of Technology: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He began weightlifting at age 14 in 1998 at St Laurence's College in Brisbane, Australia.
|Why this sport?
||He was doing weights in the school gym for rugby and athletics when the weightlifting club started. He started to compete in a few competitions and loved the sport.
|Club / Team
||Cougars Weightlifting Club: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
|Name of coach
|Coach from which country?
|Coach from what year?
||He combines 25-30 hours of work with eight intense training sessions a week to try and match some of his competitors who train full-time with a team of support staff.
||Big D, Damo (Athlete, 07 Sep 2010)
||Rugby league, cricket, movies, listening to music and going to gigs, playing golf, spending time with his friends. (Athlete, 07 Sep 2010)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Winning the gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. (olympics.com, 20 Jun 2012)
|Most influential person in career
||His parents. (Athlete, 07 Sep 2010)
|Hero / Idol
||Andrei Chemerkin, Pyrros Dimas, Naim Suleymanoglu. (Athlete, 07 Sep 2010)
||He has suffered from ongoing tendonitis in his knee. (NOC, 19 Jun 2008)
|Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
||He likes to use matching weights during training. (Athlete, 07 Sep 2010)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Train hard but train smart." (Athlete, 07 Sep 2010)
||He played rugby union for Souths Rugby Club in Brisbane, Australia until 2002. (Athlete, 07 Sep 2010)