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Tia-Clair Toomey Wins Gold, Dedicates Lift to Late Cousin

April 9, 2018 BY Justin LoFranco
Tia-Clair Toomey Wins Gold, Dedicates Lift to Late Cousin

The Story.

On Friday, Tia-Clair Toomey gave Australia their third ever Commonwealth Games gold medal in weightlifting and their first in 12 years. Toomey also had to hit a 114kg/251 pound clean and jerk PR and an 87kg/191 pound snatch PR to do it. By the way, that’s just 2kg/4.4 pounds under a double bodyweight clean and jerk.

But that’s not the most amazing part of the story.

Tell me more.

Just a little more than a week before lift off, Tia received word that her cousin Jade Dixon had died after the car she was a passenger in struck a tree. Jade had planned to be there cheering on Tia.

Her husband and coach, Shane Orr, asked Tia if she wanted to withdraw but she wouldn’t have any of it but in her final lifting session before taking the stage she struggled to hit 112kg/246 pounds, still 2kg under what they knew she needed to beat the favorite.

“Lift like it’s your last.”

Her husband Shane Orr tre-tells it best so we’ll let him take it from here:

“The night before we spoke, we reflected on the loss in her family. We were just reflecting on that — I am not sure how it came up — she was saying if there was a positive side to it, it really puts things in perspective that you can’t take any moment for granted, such as with sporting moments like this when you only have a small window to show your stuff.

“The phrase she used, which caught my attention, was lift like it was your last. That was how she was going to approach the competition. Not taking anything for granted.

“So on the last lift, it was pretty special, I just said, ‘This is for gold, lift like it is your last’. That was what she did.”