Power couple eye Glasgow Games

Canberra weightlifter Kylie Lindbeck and javelin thrower Kelsey-Lee Roberts have formed an elite training partnership they hope can power them to this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Lindbeck, a 29-year-old gym owner, only took up weightlifting two years ago to improve her CrossFit - a general-purpose strength and conditioning program.

But in her debut competition, which she entered for fun, Lindbeck lifted enough weight that would have claimed her the Oceania title.

Lindbeck expects she will need two personal best lifts at this weekend's Commonwealth Games qualifying event on the Gold Coast to force her way on to the Australian team.

Competing in the 69kg category, Lindbeck is aiming to lift 90kg in the snatch and 105kg in the clean-and-jerk to ensure she's in Scotland in July. Her current PBs are 88kg and 99kg respectively.

"Training's been going really well so if I can put everything together on the weekend it will go alright, but it comes down to this Saturday," Lindbeck said. "I need to get two PBs to make it work.

"I have to be confident, training's been going really well and I've hit a couple of PBs in training so hopefully I can reproduce that on the day.

"It was a long-shot goal [to go to Glasgow], might as well aim high, but to kind of almost be reality is pretty exciting."

Normally the reigning national champion works out in the ACT Academy of Sport on her own, up to twice a day for two hours, five days a week.

But a conference a few years ago led to a training partnership that could produce two of Canberra's emerging Commonwealth Games stars.

Lindbeck met Aaron Holt, Roberts' coach, who wanted to improve the javelin thrower's power. Lindbeck and Roberts then became training partners in the gym, Roberts throwing two Commonwealth Games A-qualifiers this summer to put herself in the frame for Glasgow.

"The last 10-12 months we've trained together, just with Olympic lifting," Lindbeck said.

"It's been good for both of us. I can help her and she's a little training buddy, it's good that we're in the same boat, trying to go for the same goal.

"She's going really well. She's thrown the qualifier so she's 99 per cent on the plane."

Jamie Osborne is the ACT's other hope of pushing for Commonwealth Games qualification in weightlifting.

Osborne is Australia's male 69kg national champion and is also competing on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

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