The weightlifting event at these Games will be brilliantly organised.

Four of the top officials of the Australian Weightlifting Federation are currently working for the Organising Committee. They are Ian Moir, an official with over 25 years of experience in sports organization who is the Competition Weightlifting and Para Powerlifting Manager. The President of the Australian Weightlifting Federation, Craig Wegert is the Weightlifting and Para Powerlifting Sport Operations Manager. Bowen Stuart the AWF Manager of IT & Communications is the Weightlifting and Para Powerlifting Sport Services Manager and Linda Eades the Secretary of the NSW weightlifting association is the Weightlifting and Para Powerlifting Technical Operations Manager.

Apart from these four officials, they have almost 70 volunteers looking after the sport of weightlifting to ensure that all areas of the sport run smoothly.

This year weightlifting has taken a different format. It is the first time that athletes have had to qualify to compete. It is the first time that there are only 15 lifters per category – thereby eliminating ‘B’ sessions. It is the first time also that there is only one lifter per country per category.

It is the first time also that athletes needed to compete in IWF approved qualifying events under doping control. It is only a matter of time before we can gauge how successful this system will have turned out to be.

So welcome to the Commonwealth Games and the CWF wishes every athlete a successful Games.