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Council, 2018 - 2022

 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.

  Vice-President - Craig Burrows

57 years young 


Married with 2 grown Men (hopefully off my hands)


Love my weights, surfing and helping people do the best  in life


Work in the Training Sector of Mining and Construction, Owner and  CEO of Induction Training Services Pty Ltd for last 19 years.


Managed WA and Country Australian teams for Water Polo , managed teams in the National League to 3 Grand finals for Mariners Water Polo (currently the fourth most successful team in Australia sport)

Life Member of WA Country Water Polo

9 years as President of Bunbury Water polo and board member of Country Water Polo WA inc for 15 years 


Represented WA Rugby League and played first grade for Canning and South Perth making my first game in first grade at 15years old 


Started weight lifting under Jack Walls in Midland early 80’s to help improve my strength in the off season and didn’t return till 26 years later to try my hand at masters under the expert tutelage of Bob Parvone of Olympifit  for three years , however due to other situations now  training under the watchful eye of Dani Waller at Oly 4 Kids.


Have done a few comps interstate and done ok, always can improve.


My aim and purpose representing on the committee is to help grow the sport and see others improve and help out where required.


I look forward to being of service and please do not hesitate to  come and say g-day 


  Honorary 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 a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education.  She currently teaches ICT at a local primary school.

   Honorary Treasurer - Marie Dawson


   Council Members.

Paul Falconer

I’m still new at this sport, started weight lifting in 2014 and came from a running background.

I also participated in kayaking, cycling, obstacle racing and boxing

I held committee positions with the Rockingham triathlon club, the Rockingham hash house running club

Helped organise running events, triathlons and cycle races and helped coach in boxing

My aim with the committee is to move the sport forward, run the organisation in a professional manner and improve facilities and training technique for the members

Lucy LaCunza

I have been involved with weightlifting for over 6 years. 

My children took up the sport after I introduced them to CrossFit, they both seemed to enjoy the challenge of Olympic Weightlifting instead and I have supported them both with their decision. 

I have an extensive history in the fitness industry with over 20 years as a trainer and lecturer.  I am glad to see the increasing popularity/demand for this beautiful sport and I am also very proud to be a part of it in my own way. 

I have a nursing background and currently work for St John Ambulance. 

Monica Cook

Represented Australia 5 times ( 1999, 2002,  2005,2009,2017)in World Masters Games, Weightlifting. 

Podium finish all five times.

Representing W.A in in Powerlifting at National, State level.

Have been involved in “the Iron Game” for the last 26 years.


Matt Helstrip


Nick Pezzaniti


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