Posted on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

While all eyes were on our Australian athletes at the Sochi Winter Games, a group of young people were commencing their own potential Olympic journey at the new Belmore PCYC Weightlifting Club.

Belmore PCYC recently completed renovations to transform one of their rooms into a weightlifting area any Olympic athlete would be proud to train in. It boasts brand new weightlifting equipment including Olympic bars, plates, chin up bars, multiple platforms, and rubber safety flooring.

“PCYC has been involved in many different sports and has had numerous success stories. The Belmore club has its own history and success with weightlifting in the past – George Vasil, who competed at the 1972 Munich Olympics, trained here at Belmore PCYC,” said Nathan Lovett, Belmore PCYC Manager.

The weightlifting room and facilities will be available for Belmore PCYC members to train five days a week, Monday to Friday from 12pm – 8pm. They will also be running regular specialised training sessions with qualified trainers throughout the week for participants who want to improve their form and technique.

“The main goal for the Weightlifting Club is to train members who are interested in learning about correct lifting technique and to have some competitors based out of Belmore PCYC,” said Nathan.

The new Belmore PCYC Weightlifting Club was made possible by a $20,000 grant from Canterbury League Club.

“We believe strongly in encouraging young people to participate in sport and the community since that encourages a healthier lifestyle and helps build character skills that young people will need later in life,” said Dr George Peponis OAM, Chairman of the Canterbury League Club.

The first PCYC was established in 1937 by Police Commissioner William John Mackay as an outlet for youths to get active and involved in the community, develop leadership skills while also reducing and preventing crime against young people. Belmore PCYC offers various types of youth activities from boxing, break-dancing, basketball, guitar and drum lessons.