Brandon Wakeling (weightlifting) finished 7th in the 69kg division at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games before making his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 where he finished 13th in the 73kg. He was just the second indigenous Australian (Wonnarua) to lift at the Olympic Games. Hailing from Campbelltown in south-west Sydney, Wakeling moved to the Gold Coast with his family when he was five. His early sporting dreams were rugby league and long jump, but he was on the smaller side growing up, so took up weightlifting to keep up his physique and to try to match it with the bigger players. He switched focus to weightlifting and has been coached by Miles Wydall at Cougars Weightlifting Club in Brisbane since 2015. After his Commonwealth Games debut in his home city, Brandon won bronze at the 2019 Arafura Games, then gold at the Pacific Games. He set his PBs in clean & jerk (175kg), snatch (127kg) and total (302kg) all at the Queensland Club Challenge in July 2020. Brandon is also an ambassador for Deadly Choices which aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to make healthy choices.
Sport / Discipline
Date of Birth
Gold Coast, 2018
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Gold Coast Weightlifting Club
Why did you begin your sport?
Started 2 years ago to mix up regular gym routine while playing rugby league. Once tried quit rugby league and took up weightlifting full time.
What is your most memorable sporting achievement?
5th in Commonwealth at Commonwealth Championship
Who has been the most influential person or people in your career and why?
Parents and training partners and coaches
Do you have any hobbies away from your sport?
Relaxing, sleeping, movies
What is your sporting ambition?
Medaling at the Commonwealth Games. Breaking Australian record for my weight class and then making the Olympic team.