Australia’s most experienced female weightlifter, Queensland’s Deb Acason, has confirmed she’ll continue competing for Australia – at least until the end of this year.
31-year-old Acason says as of now she’ll probably retire after this year’s World and Australian Championships – but that position might change.
“It’s more than likely I won’t be lifting after the end if this year, but I remember saying I thought Delhi was going to be my last Commonwealth Games,” Acason told Weightlifting Australia.
“I remember thinking four years away, that’s too far.”
Acason was disappointed with her performance in Glasgow, where she finished fourth. That result has made her more determined to push on for the rest of this year, to go to Kazakhstan to help Australia try to qualify two lifters for the Rio Olympics.
“In some ways I would just like to finish out this year with a good performance, six out of six and lifting the weights I know I can lift,” she said.
“It took so much effort to get into this form. It’s taken me a year and a half to be lifting these weights, so I think to myself I don’t want to look back and wish that I’d trained just for those extra two months.”