Seen is actively involved in weightlifting, currently participating as an athlete, a coach and an official. Seen recently competed in the 2012 London Olympics, finishing 7th place. She won 3 bronze medals at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth games, a Silver medal at the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth games, and came 6th at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth games. Seen holds the current Commonwealth snatch record in the 58 kg category, as well as many national and state records.
Seen is an engineer in the mining industry, with a focus on long term planning and optimisation of mining activities. She collaborates and works with major miners on the national and world stage, developing strategies and plans for successful and profitable project outcomes.
Alex has been training and competing in weightlifting for several years. Alex is a practicing solicitor and has degrees in both physics and law from Monash University.Alex hopes to give back to weightlifting and to help grow the sport by contributing his own skill set and ideas.
Charles has been involved in weightlifting since 2014, with a previous background in rowing and rugby. Charles is currently a weightlifting coach and coaches a high school rugby team as well as running his own personal training business.
Charles is accredited as a trainer through several reputable organisations such as the AWF, ASCA, PA, FA and Physical Activity Australia. Charles is also studying a Ba. Exercise and Sports Science and Ba. Business (Sports Management) through Deakin University. Prior to his current roles Charles was employed as a full time member of the Australian Defence Force.
Harvey’s background in weightlifting spans 32 years, both as an athlete and coach. As an athlete Harvey competed in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, finishing in 8th place and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, placing 15th. He won 3 Bronze medals at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games and 3 Gold medals at the 1994 Victoria, Canada Commonwealth Games. Harvey is also a successful coach, having coached athletes to World Junior Championships qualifying level.
Professionally, Harvey has held varied senior leadership positions in 2 iconic Australian companies, focusing on commercial and business performance management. Harvey’s current role focuses on business process performance measurement and improvement.
Harvey has a passion for people leadership and development and driving continual improvement both at a sporting and professional level.
Emma has a passion for sport, she worked as an Exercise Physiologist in private practice and corporate health after completing her Bachelor in Exercise Science (Hons). Emma joined Aussie Farmers Direct (AFD) in the Sales and Marketing team with a focus on promoting healthy eating for Aussie children in her role as National Community Program Manager, she also held a variety of roles during her time at AFD including Franchise Development Manager and Project Management.
Emma is the cofounder of women’s cycling apparel brand Fondo, a cycling enthusiast, Emma took to creating women’s specific cycling apparel after realising there was a gap in the market circa 2013. Starting a female only online business has developed her digital marketing know-how and a strong desire to create a community to support women in sport, from recreational to professional.
Currently Emma works in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences at Australian Catholic University, whilst juggling Fondo commitments and motherhood. Emma brings her passion for sport, sales and marketing (online and digital) experience to the VWA board and she hopes to assist in growing the sport of weightlifting in Victoria. “No matter what kind of lycra your wear you should wear it with pride”
Kate has actively been involved in weightlifting for over a decade as a competitor and coach. Kate became involved in weightlifting in Year 7 after being exposed to the sport at Mount Lilydale Mercy College, and has since returned to the school as coach to develop and nurture youth talent.
Kate has coached several youth athletes at the national level and has represented Victoria herself many times at the junior and senior level, the highlight being representing Australia in 2007 at the Arafura Games and again in 2014 at the World University Games. Kate is currently completing a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education and hopes to grow school participation in weightlifting across Victoria.
Lexi (Alexandra) Christou
Lexi has been involved in weightlifting since 2002, as a competitor and volunteer, and more recently in a support role at Melbourne Weightlifting Club.
Professionally, Lexi holds experience in operations management, corporate governance, compliance and administration within the facilities management sector.
Josh started competing in 2012 in New Zealand, before moving to Australia. Josh has been involved in sport for many years, playing rugby for 17 years, and volleyball before finding his passion for Weightlifting.
Josh's main focus is his lifters, who he coaches at his club Controlled Chaos.