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Weightlifting Extravaganza

On Friday 24 August De La Salle College was host to a weightlifting extravaganza — not one, but three weightlifting events in one day.

Sport and Recreation Cup

First up, De La Salle College students battled to retain the Sport and Recreation Cup, and, with noisy support from different groups of De La Salle boys, held on for a five point win. This was James Delany’s last chance to compete for the College and he went out in style, narrowly missing 113kgs for a PB in the clean and jerk.

Opening of the D. Brown/H. Goodman Weightlifting Centre

The cup was followed by the opening of the purpose-built weightlifting centre named in honour of our triple Olympian Damian Brown (Class of 1987) and double Olympian Harvey Goodman (Class of 1984). The event was well attended and the audience included Adrian Kebbe (Class of 1977), who as a student was responsible for the introduction of weightlifting to De La Salle. Also in attendance was Sam Coffa, Vice President of I.W.F.

The College Principal Mr Peter Houlihan spoke of De La Salle’s proud and successful history in the sport. Damian and Harvey then both spoke of their own careers in the sport and how they got that love of sport from De La Salle. Sam Coffa spoke briefly, highlighting the fact that De La Salle was a nursery for champion lifters and at one stage was the dominant weightlifting school in the Commonwealth.

Forty Year Lifting Reunion at The Racecourse Hotel

The night finished with a strong attendance at Weightlifting Reunion at The Racecourse Hotel in Caulfield. Many great weightlifting stories were shared and grew as the evening progressed.

If you would like to find out more about the history of weightlifting at De La Salle, a book written by David Hale is available from the College. Call us on (03) 9508 2100 for more information. You can also read a bit about the De La Salle weightlifting story here.