Strathfield teenage weightlifter takes on the world

At just 15 years of age, Strathfield student Sabah Chamoun is already breaking world records. And she’s doing it in an unusual sport for her age – weightlifting.

The Santa Sabina College student most recently won a gold medal at the Oceania Weightlifting Championships in Papua New Guinea.

Not only lifting a personal best snatch of 64kg and 80kg, she also broke the Australian records in the under-15 and under-17 categories.

Sabah is following in the footsteps of her father and older brother.

“I used to watch my brother train. My dad’s an ex-weightlifter and represented Australia a few times. I like individual sports and started practising three years ago,” said Sabah. 

“Weightlifting is a sport that pushes you mentally and to succeed you have to stay positive.”

Coached by her father George at their Summer Hill home, Sabah currently holds 10 Australian Youth U17 and U15 records in both the 53kg and 58kg body weight categories.

Her father, George Chamoun, says Sabah takes her cues from her brother. “She’s been watching her brother, Malek, for the past 12 years. I have a workout regime for Sabah, which doesn’t interfere with studies.”

Sabah now has her sights set on the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and the 2020 Olympics.


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