Brad Monk
Commonwealth Games - Melbourne AUS
75kg - Gold Medallist
IWF World Champinships - Doha QAT
75kg - 12th place
Oceania Senior Championships - Melbourne AUS
75+kg - Bronze Medallist
Olympic Games - Athens GRE
75kg - 13th place
Oceania Senior Championships - FIJI
75kg - Gold Medallist
IWF World Junior Championships - Hermosillo MEX
75kg - 5th place
Commonwealth Championships - TONGA
75kg - Silver Medallist
Oceania Senior Championships - TONGA
75kg - Gold Medallist
IWF World Champinships - Warsaw POL
75kg - 9th place
Commonwealth Games - Manchester ENG
75kg - Triple Silver Medallist
East Asian Games - Osaka JAP
75kg - 3rd place
IWF World Junior Chamionships - Thessaloniki GRE
75kg - 12th place
Oceania Senior Championships - Auckland NZL
75kg - Gold Medallist
IAAF World Junior Championships - Santiago CHI
Discus - 9th place
Hammer - 15th place
Junior Oceania Championships - Sunshine Coast AUS
75+kg - Bronze Medallist
IAAF World Youth Championships - Bydgosczcz POL
Discus - Bronze Medallist
Deborah completed her  Double Degree in
Law & Criminology at Griffith University in 2010.
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Nothing is so strong as gentleness.
Nothing is so gentle as real strength.
Frances De Sales
This site is dedicated to the performances of
Deborah Acason

(nee Lovely)
This is a summary of Deborah's sporting achievements
Arafura Games - Darwin AUS
75+kg - Silver Medallist
Hammer Throw - Gold medallist (Games Record)
Discus - Gold Medallist
Shot Put - Silver Medallist
Deborah Lovely doesn't believe much in her life is pre-determined. She doesn't believe she was born to run. Nor was she born to lift weights, throw discuses, swing hammers or jettison javelins and
shot puts. She wasn't put on this earth to play rugby or football, nor was she destined to be a track cyclist.

What Lovely does believe, however, is that she was born with the desire to be the best at everything she does. That might explain why the 24-year-old 2006 Commonwealth Games weightlifting gold
medallist and Athens Olympian has been able to achieve so much across various disciplines, on and off the field.

"Some people say I was born to run," she says. "But I never saw myself as a weightlifter or being born to do any one thing. I love weightlifting and get the most thrill from it compared to the other sports
I've played. But on the football field, when I've got an open run and I'm hammering down the wing, palming off little stick-like wingers, that's a pretty good feeling as well.

"So, I suppose it just about the feeling I get from doing my best."

Lovely is one of those cherished sportspeople who has the capacity to inspire. Her web page gives you a positive perspective on life. It lists numerous triumphs under headings of five different sports.

Weightlifting is now her focus. But she represented Australia in junior athletics, played high-level football and basketball, is knocking on the door of Wallaroos (Australian) rugby selection and was
ranked in the national top 10 in time-trial track cycling. Also on her CV is an incredible list of community awards, civic honours and voluntary services. She studies law and criminology at Griffith
University in Brisbane and speaks Japanese. Mostly through her association with the church - where she met her fiance, Joshua Acason - Lovely has believed and achieved. Now she faces a tough
challenge, trying to become the first Australian female weightlifter to compete at two Olympic Games.

"We'll only have one lifter in Beijing," says national high performance manager Michael Keelan. "There's going to be three women, two Victorians - Seen Lee and Jacquie White - and Deborah,
competing for one position."

Keelan says Lee is in the box seat because of her recent results, while Lovely is still coming back from injury.

"Deb's going to have to break her own Australian record to qualify," Keelan says. "But I bet she's thinking she'll do it. She's got the fire, the determination and a great faith in herself. She's a strong
Christian, so no matter what happens to her, she always says it has happened for a reason. She feels that it's not so much the goal, but the journey towards it that counts. She's a strong person in
many ways."

Keelan admits there is a stigma attached to the weightlifting. But he says Lovely allocates time to talking to girls to get them involved in the sport.

"A lot of the girls think that if they take up weightlifting they'll become huge," Keelan says. "But weightlifting accommodates girls from 40 kilos to 160 kilos so there's a slot there for different types of

Another stereotype that should be banished, Keelan says, is the idea that the sport is all muscle and no brains. Lee has a geology degree and works for a mining company, White is a chemist and
Lovely is studying law.

Many activities pose a balancing act for Lovely, but she uses sport to keep her on the go. "People often want to hear about how I go from one sport to the other," she says. "But I only got into weightlifting
quite late. I saw it at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

"One of the Australian super heavyweights was lifting, and he looked like he was under so much strain, veins popping out of his head. I thought he was crazy but later I saw it as a challenge. I started to
love it because it's just you against the bar. There's no one else involved, no one can get in the way.

"Two years on, there's still high school girls who say to me that they wish they could do what I do, and I urge them to do it, not just wish."

Lovely's Olympic fate will be sealed in a couple of hours on June 7. If she makes it, it will be yet another impressive badge of honour.

"It takes about eight or nine years to coach someone to world standard," Keelan says. "Deb's a bit of a freak. She came in and went to the Olympics after just five years. Then again, she'll get on a rugby
field and smash people, then get on a bike around a velodrome and beat everyone. She's amazing."

Source: The Sun-Herald
May 11, 2008
Multi-talented Deborah Lovely is determined she can make another Olympics, writes David Sygall.
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Olympic Games - Beijing CHN
75+kg - 8th Place
Click the 4RPH link above to listen to an
interview with Deborah (18 minutes)
by Daniel Viles (Sports Review - 4RPH)
which was aired on 21 April. 2006 after her
Gold Medal Performance in Melbourne
Commonwealth Games - Delhi IND
75+kg - Bronze Medal
With the luxury of two Olympic campaigns under her belt, weightlifter Deborah Acason
(nee Lovely) is shaking up her pre-Games routine leading to London 2012. Acason
and her husband Josh welcomed their first child Eva into the world this year on
September 7th. Seven weeks on, the three-time Commonwealth Games medallist is
looking forward to launching back into training and is hoping for a third shot at Olympic

Naturally, it is all baby steps for Acason, who hopes to be contesting the “super” 75+kg
division in London. As determined as ever, before the back pain set in during her
pregnancy Acason still managed to do light squats and weights “like your average gym
junkie” but avoided major lifting.

“I just went down to the local gym and it made me feel better. It was really helpful for
me during the pregnancy and I’m really glad I did it,” Acason explained.

Three weeks after giving birth to Eva- who blissfully sleeps around the clock and rarely
cries, Acason eased herself back into push-ups and is now into slightly heavier
training a few times a week. Precautious not to injure herself, Acason will wait a full
eight weeks before launching into any more adventurous training.

“I feel really good and my coach was really excited,” Acason explained of her return to
light training.

“He told me I have all of these extra hormones in my system so I might as well use
them to my advantage!”

Despite not having taken Eva down to her regular training gym just yet, Acason has the
“I love Weightlifting” T-Shirt prepared for the big day, and it sounds like Eva fits the part.

Each week as mum takes bub in for her weigh-in, Acason feels those familiar nerves
of when she has her own weigh-ins leading into the big events. With your average
baby gaining around 150g each week, young Eva is eating like a champion and
comes in 400g heavier each week.

“She’s got a good set of legs on her and I look forward to seeing how she grows up,”
Acason beamed, “the nurses all say she’s very strong.”

Acason is, after all, a genuine sporting all-rounder, having also represented Australia
as a junior in discus and hammer throw, won track cycling medals after taking up the
sport for rehabilitation, and was once a member of the Australian rugby union training
squad. Having competed in weightlifting for around 13 years, the Beijing Olympic
finalist is confident she can return to form for the London Olympics.

“Your body doesn’t really forget too easily. I went over to lift the bar and it was like I’d
never left.”

The 28-year-old looks set to return to competition for the National Club
Championships in Melbourne in March. She hopes this will lead to her qualification for
the Oceania Championships in Samoa where she wants to lift a “big one” and sure up
a quota place at the Games, before securing her spot at the Olympic Trials in Brisbane
in June.

Having endured the pains of child birth, the weightlifting does not seem as tough
anymore. Acason is looking forward to the heavy training block leading into March
which her body usually responds to.

So if she books her ticket to London will there be room for Eva?

“Absolutely! I don’t think I could part with her for more than one day!”

Taya Conomos
Pregnant pause and on again to London: AOC Feature
25 October 2011
Deborah, Josh and Eva Acason © Still Expressions
2014 AWF
Commonwealth Games Selection Trials
15 March 2014
Gold Coast AUS

Deborah Acason  75kg+
Snatch 108kg
C&J 130kg
Total 238kg
Deborah has been selected to represent
Australia in her fourth Commonwealth
Games Team at Glasgow 2014
Photos by Action in Focus Photography