More than 400 athletes from throughout the Commonwealth have entered this year’s Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships to be held on the Gold Coast, the biggest event for our sport in Australia since the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Olympic, Commonwealth Games and World Championship medallists will compete on the Gold Coast from September 2 until the 10th at the Carrara Sport and Leisure Centre.

The Championships are also serving as a test event for next year’s Commonwealth Games, ensuring a big turnout from athletes who are hoping to be back on the Gold Coast next year representing their country.

Australia’s entry is headed by 2016 Rio Olympians Tia-Clair Toomey and Simplice Ribouem, two-time Olympians Damon Kelly and Deb Acason, and Commonwealth Games medallists Seen Lee, Francois Etoundi and Erika Yamasaki.

More than 30 Commonwealth countries from all over the world will be represented on the Gold Coast next month, including teams from the United Kingdom, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands and Oceania.

Paul Coffa, the General Secretary of the Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation, said “The Organising Committee in Australia, headed by Michael Keelan, have done a great job.

“Being a test event for next year’s Commonwealth Games, it has truly exceeded expectations.”