The good news for Australian Weightlifting is that Damon Kelly is going nowhere – he has his sights set firmly on Rio 2016 and then, who knows, maybe the Gold Coast in 2018.
The big Queenslander turns 31 in December and is about to become a father for the second time (it’s going to be big baby, he tells Road to Rio!)
He always seems to have a lot on his plate, but thankfully he also always has a corner set aside for his International weightlifting career.
“I’m training three or four times a week at the moment,” he said.
“I call it active rest. Instead of ten sessions a week, I’m having three or four.”
Kelly chose to sit out next month’s World Championships because of the birth of his child, and he knows life is about to become even more challenging.
“Hopefully if all goes well, I plan to get back into full training in February and then have a good tilt at next year’s World Championships,” Kelly said.
“Hopefully I’ll be getting some PB’s, but if I don’t get to Rio I hope to help qualify one of our boys for our one spot in Rio from Oceania.”
Kelly was pretty happy, and relieved, with his bronze in Glasgow, especially given the injury problems he had going into the event.
“I really enjoyed it,” he said.
“The whole venue and the week was set up pretty good, and the entire competition through all the weight classes was fantastic.
“It would have been different if I didn’t have a good competition, it definitely put the fire back in the belly.”
And what about Gold Coast 2018, Kelly’s last chance to perform at a major International in front of a home crowd?
“It will be a fantastic Games that they put on, and a home crowd,” he said.
“I’ll try and do my best to be around for the Games. I’d definitely like to compete there.”