The following clips are a summary of the lifts for SSS lifter Jackson Roberts-Young competing at the 2016 Commonwealth Youth, Junior, Senior Championships in Penang, Malaysia. Jackson competed in the Junior 105kg class.


Central to the performance for Jackson was breaking the Junior 105kg Clean and jerk record previously held by 2 time Commonwealth Games representative Robert Galsworthy.  Standing at 176kg since 2008, its been long term goal for Jackson since he bettered the State record of 155kg in August 2015.

Such a pleasing result for an athlete who first competed in February 2015 to be able to claim a national record 20 months later and in the process improving that lift PR by 32kg.


It has to said however that some tapping of the brakes are necessary. As mentioned in the video clip Jackson is far from being a good snatcher. Although his reps improved in quality above 90% in the lead up it was a 1kg under his result from Junior Worlds albeit the starting weight was deliberately conservative to match the competition on the day. Missing the 2nd attempt was bad and there is really no excuse. Many Australian lifters will feel the same from the Commonwealth Championships, PR’s were hard to come by and not a lot of medals were won; weightlifting competitions can be very cruel, you are 1 second away from months of training being invalidated.

Further to the point of tapping the brakes on breaking a national record, where does it stack up all time?

Looking at the separate epochs of records in weightlifting (pre-1972 included the press), 1972-1992, 1993-1997 and 1998 to present, the Australian Junior records have been as follows……

As of 1992 the Junior 100kg records stood at Snatch 150, C&J 200 and total 245. The 110kg class was 160kg snatch, 197.5kg C&J and 353.5kg total.

As of 1997, the newly altered weight classes which would be altered again after just 5 years stood at 140, 170, 305kg for the 99kg class and 140, 177.5, 310kg for the 108kg class.

So in that context you can see where Jackson’s 177kg C&J stands. Although Galworthy’s 176kg mark stood since 2008, in comparison to what we saw from Harvey Goodman and his 200kg C&J record in the Junior 100kg class from 1986 though it isn’t particularly impressive.

In the table below, you can see how the records compare to the contemporary International standard.

Australia has fallen off the pace a little. From being 78.41% of the IWF mark in the 100kg class in 1992 and 79.43% of the superheavy record, Australia’s Junior male records are just 74.75% and 72%. The factors and explanation are beyond the scope of this article to discuss but they are plain to see.

A similar comparison of course is not possible of women’s records as 1987 was the first time that women’s lifting became an internationally competitive sport. For an immediate comparison and bright light Kiana Elliot’s current AWF records as a percentage stack ups closely with the best the current male Junior record at 81.6% (compared to Joel Wilson’s 69kg class records at 81.79%, however she has another year of Junior competition to go.