Deb Acason's uplifting road to London

2 years ago, 19 August 2011 (AEST)


I've competed in two Olympics.

I've been in Athens, 2004 Olympics.
That was my first one.

I came 12th there.

I was in the under-75-kilo class,
so I was nice and light.

Then I put on 20 kilos
to compete in Beijing, in 2008,

and I came eighth over there,

so that was my best result
at Olympics as a finalist.

Yeah, I'm really looking forward
to London.

I can't wait to be
up against those big girls

that I was against last time

and hopefully beating
a few more of them.

Yeah, I'm looking for
my best place.

I was about 86 kilos a few weeks...
probably a month or two out

from the Commonwealth Games in '06,

and I had to lose quite a bit
of weight in about a month,

about 13 kilos, and...

Yeah, it's pretty draining.

You gotta be really careful
with what you're eating,

with what you're drinking.

By the time you get
closer to competition,

if you've got a few kilos to go, then
you don't eat and you don't drink.

So I was happily surprised
when my coach sat me down and said,

"Right, to go to Beijing,

"you're gonna have to
get into the heavier weight class

"and really make it
your own class."

I felt really strong.
I loved being heavy.

I was lifting national records,
the most I've ever attempted.

I clean-and-jerked 140 kilos, and...
That was just an awesome experience.

I feel so strong
mentally and physically,

yeah, when I can
lift that sort of weight.

Yeah, so our training
is only weight training.

We don't run, we don't do anything
else except weights in the gym.

It's all bounce plate stuff, so we don't
use the machines or anything.

So, what we're really doing is...

Say, a 3-month program,

for the first month,
we're doing quite high repetition

and trying to build
that real strength level

and doing a lot more squats and pulls
and strength exercises

than what we actually do
for our competition.


In that middle month,
we're sort of looking at

half strength and half technique
and still getting that strong base

but getting a little bit more
into the actual competition lifts.

And then that last month
leading up to competition

is when we get a little bit less
on the strength stuff

and we only go down to
single reps and double reps,

and that's when we really hit
the competition lifts,

the snatches and the clean-and-jerks,
and really try to get used to,

yeah, that one lift maximum,

which is what we're looking for
on the competition day.

Internationally, Olympics
just brings out some huge lifters,

as far as what they lift and
sometimes what they weigh as well.

As far as in my category,

Jang Mi-Ran
is the Olympic champion.

She's from Korea.

There's also a Russian girl that won
the world championships recently.

She actually only weighs
about 90 kilos,

so she's not
one of the huge, huge girls.

She's very strong as well.

For me, it's pretty much
Russia, China and Korea, so...

Hopefully, I'll get in there.

I'll be the little Aussie competitor
doing my best for Australia and...

Yeah. We'll see what happens.

Weightlifter Deborah Acason gets excited about the prospect of competing at a third Olympic Games in 2012.