Charisma Amoe-Tarrant (weightlifting) dedicated her bronze medal in the women’s over 87kg in Birmingham to her late mother and uncle who both passed away from cancer. It was her second Commonwealth Games medal – and her first for Australia – after making her debut at Gold Coast 2018 where she won silver for Nauru in the over 90kg. Charisma began weightlifting when she was 11, training with her uncle who was a coach at the local gym. She had competed in athletics – mainly shot put and discus – before falling in love with weightlifting. Her mother died in 2009, so she and her siblings were adopted by their grandparents who brought them to Australia in 2012. She became an Australian citizen in 2016, though didn’t make the switch to represent Australia until after the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Amoe-Tarrant claimed bronze at the 2019 Pacific Games – her first international appearance for Australia – before making her Olympic debut in Tokyo, finishing 6th in the over 87kg with a total of 243kg. Coached by Angela Wydall at Cougars Weightlifting Club in Brisbane, Amoe-Tarrant set her PB in the snatch (110kg) in August 2019, and both clean & jerk (152kg) and total (262kg) in December 2019.
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