Damon Kelly


Q1: Full name:

Damon Kelly

Q2: Nickname:


Q3: How did you get involved in your sport?

It started at my school. Mike Power, father of a student and former weightlifter himself, convinced the school to get a get of Olympic weightlifting bars and weights and offered to coach anyone who was interested in trying weightlifting.
So went down with a few friends to check it out and enjoyed it from then on.

Q4: How often do you train a week & when do you get time off during the year?

I train 6 days a week and the number of sessions can vary from 6-8 sessions depending on competition and work schedule.

There isn’t really any time off in weightlifting. We train all year round. We can’t afford to stop training. Use it or lose it when it comes to weightlifting.

Q5: Do you have a special routine or superstition before competing?

Not really.

Q6: Favourite sport – outside of your own?

Probably would have to say cricket. Favourite Commonwealth Games sport outside of weightlifting would be

Q7: Do you follow a particular diet?

Loosely haha. I have an eating plan but being a super heavyweight that can deviate a bit.

Q8: Have you overcome serious injury or other set-backs?

I strained a quad in the lead up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

It happened about 5 months out and involved about 8 weeks of rehab and then only have a clear run of about 10 weeks leading into Glasgow.

Q9: What about GC2018 excites you?

The games being in Australia.

I was fortunate enough to compete in Melbourne 2006 and remember how special it was as a young athlete back then.

Now to experience that again and even closer to home. Having family and friends being able to come and support you is so special. Also the legacy the games will leave for the Queensland sporting landscape.

Q10: One question you get asked too often? 

How much I bench press haha

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