It just wouldn’t be a major weightlifting event for Queensland’s Erika Ropati-Frost without a major drama in the lead-up.
But as she has proven already this year, there are few athletes of any persuasion more focused and driven once they step into competition.
Ropati-Frost became the 53kg 2014 Olitek Australian Weightlifting Champion when she lifted a combined total of 171kgs in Melbourne.
In the lead-up to the event, the 27-year-old 3-time Commonwealth Games athlete slammed her finger in a door, and then got caught, along with a whole swag of fellow athletes, in yesterday’s fierce Brisbane storms.
The lifters eventually arrived in Melbourne at 2am on the morning of competition.
Just months out from this year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Ropati-Frost’s husband, Tuvale, was diagnosed with cancer, but insisted his wife compete at her third Games.
Also in Melbourne 18-year-old Victorian James Delaney won a thrilling duel in the men’s 62kg, finishing just one kilogram ahead of Queensland’s David Hockins.
And another 18-year-old, Victoria’s Rachel Goodman, underlined once again her enormous potential by winning the women’s 63kg division.
Goodman is the daughter of two-time Australian Olympian, Harvey.