Hobart Powerlifting Club Committee 

Jeremy Fraser
President and Head Coach

Jeremy got into powerlifting in 2014 when a friend of his invited him to do a competition that he was doing. He grew a love for the sport alongside a growing community, and between 2014-2019 he has competed in thirteen competitions in New Zealand and Australia, most notably in 2016 the Asia/Oceania Championships where he was 2nd in the 66kg Junior Class. He has been a national record holder in the squat (172.5kg), deadlift (215kg), and total (495kg) in the 66kg Junior class between 2016-2018 in the NZPF.

Jeremy’s passion for nutrition and exercise science led him to study at Massey University, New Zealand, where between 2011-2015 he completed a Bachelor of Science (Human Nutrition and Exercise and Sports Science), A BSc (Hons) in Exercise and Sports Science, and a MSc in Exercise and Sports Science, with his thesis topic being “A comparison between a traditionally periodised programme and a load-autoregulated programme on maximal strength gain in the squat, bench press, and deadlift, in weight trained males” – So essentially a powerlifting study!

Jeremy is also a certified Powerlifting Australia Coach Level 1 (2019).

In 2014 Jeremy started to coach his friends in powerlifting and bodybuilding, on a “casual” basis until 2015 where he branded his business, Catalyst Strength and Physique Coaching. This was run solely online until 2016 when he moved to Hobart, Tasmania and started working his business out of a gym (Stomp Fitness until late 2017, and now GTT Performance Centre) as well as online, and he has worked with 100s of clients with varying goals, mostly bodybuilding or powerlifting related.

Jeremy now primarily focuses on coaching powerlifters, and has worked with over 38 competitive powerlifters alone. Most of these he guided through their first competition. Growing the lifting community and amount of people competing in powerlifting is one of Jeremy’s biggest passions.

High level client achievements:

– Jasmine Knowles in 2014 in NZPF – national squat record in the 57kg Junior Class and 2nd at nationals in her 1st year of competing. Jasmine more recently came 3rd in the 58kg Open Class at Powerlifting Australia Championships 2019.

– Robyn Hall, 2017 Oceania champion in the 63kg Junior Class and 3rd place in the 63kg Junior Class at NZPF Nationals 2017.

– Rachel Sinclair, 2015 NZPF champion in the 57kg Open Class.

– Damien Singer, 3rd place in the 74kg Open Class at NZPF Nationals 2018 and 2019.

– Deb Proud, 2nd place in the 72kg M1 Class at PA Nationals 2018.

– Daniel Reardon, 3nd place in the 120kg+ Open Class at PA Nationals 2019.

– Esther Cawthorn, 2nd place in the 100kg+ M45-49 Class at PA Nationals 2019.

 

Jeremy’s favourite lift is the deadlift.

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Daniel Hill
Vice President

Daniel began powerlifting in late 2016 after developing a love for lifting that began as a hobby. After seeking guidance from Jeremy Fraser from Catalyst Strength and Physique Coaching, he competed at his first powerlifting competition where he took silver in the 85kg weight class. Since this time, Daniel has continued lifting and has competed in six meets. His experience in powerlifting has been overwhelmingly positive and moving forward he wants to give back to the community that has supported him for the last few years.

Daniel is a passionate and focused lifter with a deep appreciation for the sport. He hopes to become a powerlifting coach in the future and give other new lifters guidance and support.

Outside of powerlifting, Daniel is a secondary highschool teacher, musician and guitar tutor. He hopes to apply his knowledge of teaching and learning into HPC.

Daniel’s favourite lift is the squat.

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Hayley Jones
Secretary and Marketing Director

Hayley started powerlifting in 2018 after hiring Jeremy as a nutrition coach. She has since competed in one local competition.  Hayley has gained a vast knowledge of competitive powerlifting through acting as an assistant coach for Catalyst Strength and Physique Coaching at two local competitions in Hobart, and at the 2019 Australian National Championships. 

Alongside powerlifting, Hayley is passionate about social media and public relations. Hayley has a Bachelor of Arts focussed in Internet Communications which has given her an excellent understanding of how the internet and social media influences our community. When she isn’t managing the marketing and communications pipeline for the Club, Hayley freelances offering social media and website solutions, and works in the insurance industry. 

Hayley is eager to grow the powerlifting community in Hobart and surrounds, and supports all individuals whether new or experienced in reaching their goals and just getting out there and giving it a go.  Hayley has recently trained as a Referee, and enjoys volunteering at local competitions. 

Hayley’s favourite lift is the bench press. 

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James Britton
Treasurer

James began powerlifting training with coach Jeremy Fraser at the start of 2020 after weight training generally with friends for a couple of years. James has since competed in three competitions in the 94kg and 105kg classes. 

James has found many benefits from powerlifting, including an increased sense of purpose, increased learning about his mentality and how to improve it, and new friends within the community. 

James is studying at the University of Tasmania where he is completing a Bachelor of Business degree, majoring in Management. He is looking to bring his skills learned in this course to the role of the Club’s Treasurer. 

James’ favourite lift is the squat. 

 

Sophie Kuncio
Committee Member and Coach

Sophie found powerlifting in 2016 when searching for a change in training focus and when she stumbled across coach Jeremy Fraser, they knew it was going to be a good fit. With several years of prior weight training experience, the transition was very rewarding and three years on she now has seven successful competitions under her belt, a tonne of experience and a great love for this sport that we know as powerlifting.

Sophie has been in the health and fitness industry for over 10 years and in finding powerlifting she also found a new element addition to her own coaching portfolio. Owner of her flourishing business, Health Vibrations, Sophie is continually growing her community of strong women and men in her small group personal training space, as well as one on one personal training and coaching.

As her love for all things lifting grows; Sophie is coaching lifters looking to get into powerlifting, especially females. Sophie is now a certified Powerlifting Australia Coach Level 1 (2019) and a driven advocate for supporting females in this space at any level.

“Powerlifting changed my life” Sophie says, “at almost 30 years old I was feeling lost in my own training journey and was searching for more purpose and return; powerlifting gave me that and so much more. Powerlifting has helped me find strength I never knew I had, not just physically but also mentally”. Sophie can’t wait share her love for powerlifting with the Hobart community as a coach and as a mentor to women who want to feel strong, confident and empowered in their life.

Some of Sophie’s biggest achievements in this space include:

  • Best Female Lifter for the day at three competitions
  • First place in the 64kg class in six competitions
  • Competing at the Australian National Championships in 2019 (Fourth place in the 64kg class)
  • Hitting 400 WILKS at her last powerlifting meet
  • Coaching five lifters at the Festival of Strength in Tasmania in 2019.
  • Supporting women finding fulfilment in weight training
  • Continuing the exposure of powerlifting in Hobart

Sophie’s favourite lift is the deadlift – in her last competition she achieved a personal best of 173kg at 63kg body weight.

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Ruby Frankcombe
Committee Member

Ruby began powerlifting in late 2019 and had been weight training with her coach Sophie from Health Vibrations since about 2016.

After competing in her first competition in September 2019 Ruby became hooked and hasn’t stopped doing powerlifting specific training since. Ruby’s favourite powerlifting moment has been deadlifting 164kg in the HPC open to take home best female.

Powerlifting has bought many things to Ruby’s life including; health, new friendships, community and belonging and confidence in and outside of the gym.

Outside of powerlifting Ruby works in the Child, Youth and Families community service sector as an Operations Manager and is currently studying a graduate certificate of business.

Ruby’s favourite lift is the deadlift and hopes to lift 180kg by 30!

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Holly Rheinberger
Public Officer

Holly found (and fell in love with) powerlifting in mid 2019. With no real prior sporting or gym experience, powerlifting gave her a way to blend creating an active lifestyle with making new friends and challenging herself in new ways. Coached by Sophie Kuncio, Holly has now competed in 3 local powerlifting competitions in the 72kg class (both Junior and Open) winning Bronze in both her 2nd and 3rd meets while facing fierce competition.

Outside of powerlifting Holly is in her final year of a full-time law degree and works part-time in a local law firm. Holly brings this experience to the club in the position of Public Officer, making sure that all Club requirements are strictly complied with.

Holly is so thankful to the powerlifting community for the experiences she’s had to grow as a person and to make new, life-long friends. Holly hopes she will be able to give back to the local powerlifting community through her role in HPC.

Holly’s favourite lift is the Bench Press (however, the Deadlift may be sneaking up on her as the new favourite)!

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