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Council, 2018 - 2022

      President - Bob Pavone.

Bob began his weightlifting career in NSW before moving west around 25 years ago.  As a lifter he competed in two World Championships 1976,1977 and also European Championships 1977 and Oceanic Championships in 1978.  He has also competed as a Master with great success!

Bob has coached many elite level lifters including Garth Van Den Ende who was the first weightlifter to clean and jerk double bodyweight in Western Australia.  Bob has also coached Track and Field athletes, most notably Oliver Dziubak who competed in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games (bronze) Athens Olympic Games (19th).  His enthusiasm for the sport knows no bounds, he has brought the sport to areas most people wouldn't think to, including SAS soldiers and cricket players!

Bob runs a successful weightlifting club, Olympifit, from his base in Rockingham, south of Perth.

      Senior Vice-President - Michael Pileggi

Michael has just over 20 years’ experience in the sport of weightlifting as both an athlete and a coach. In that time he competed internationally for Australia as a senior on 5 separate occasions, achieving a bronze medal at both Oceania and Commonwealth Championships. Michael was also National Senior Champion in 2001 and 2002. 

He currently coaches at Origins Weightlifting Club in Midland and is currently training national level athletes. 

During business hours Michael runs a successful real estate agency in Midland, focussing on residential sales and rental properties. Michael holds a Diploma in Property, and is also a qualified graphic designer. 

Michael has been a member of the WA council from 1998 – 2003, and again in 2007 – present. He is involved in running state competitions and holds a National level referees licence.

   Junior Vice-President - Andrew Saxton

Andy has  been involved in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting as a lifter or coach for over 40 years.  He was British Champion at every level from schoolboy through to senior on multiple occasions.  Andy represented Great Britain at multiple World Junior and Senior Championships.  He also represented Great Britain at two Olympic Games (Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992)  He represented England at the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games winning a bronze at just19 years of age!  In 1990 he competed for England in Auckland winning 3 Gold medals.  In 1994 Andy represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Canada winning 3 silver medals.

Andy has coached lifters at all levels from state/divisional level right through to European, Commonwealth, World and Olympic level.  Andy has also coached at international events for Great Britain.  Andy currently is the head coach at OX Weightlifting Club in Perth, WA.

When not coaching weightlifting or running strength and conditioning sessions for cricketers and other sportsmen & women, Andy works full time as a chaplain at a local high school.

     Secretary - Jay Saxton

Jay was introduced to weightlifting over 30 years ago.   As an athlete Jay was British and Australian Champion multiple times, competing for Australia at three World Championships (1993, 1994, 1999) and for Great Britain once in Thailand in 1997.   Jay also had the privilege of competing for Australia and Great Britain in multiple European, European Union, Oceania and Commonwealth Championships during her career.  Jay was the reserve for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.  Jay helps with the programming and coaching of lifters and athletes at OX Weightlifting Club.

Jay holds a degree in computer science and teaching; she currently teaches ICT at a local primary school.

   Treasurer - Christine Runnion

Coming soon!

   Council Members.

Craig Burrows

Paul Falconer

Lucy LaCunza

Monica Cook


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