Concrete effort for more Games glory
FORMER Commonwealth Games champion Deborah Acason puts her trust in God to provide everything she needs - even a simple concrete slab in rural Queensland.
Acason is preparing for her bid to represent Australia at her fourth Commonwealth Games next year in Glasgow by training on the slab behind the church in Miles, where her husband, Josh, is the local pastor.
"It's not the sort of thing that the typical minister's wife is seen doing," she said with a laugh.
The small gym, kitted out with equipment Acason paid for out of her own pocket, may be a world away from the hi-tech facilities in metropolitan centres, but its role is just as important.
The 30-year-old has won five-medals in her three Commonwealth Games appearances, starting with a hat-trick of silvers at Manchester in 2002.
Four years later, she won gold in the 75kg category in Melbourne, and then added a bronze in Delhi in 2010 - now she's determined to keep that impressive record going in Glasgow next year.
But, Acason, who also contested the Athens and Beijing Olympics, finishing 12th and eighth respectively, says she's well aware of the challenges ahead, especially as she is making a comeback to the top level following the birth of her first child two years ago.
"It's getting more competitive every year with the girls that I'm up against, and because I've had that break for the last couple of years," she said.
"I really want to come back with a medal and I'd love to get back up to where I was before, maybe even a little bit better."
The road that may take Acason, who started her international sporting career as a discus thrower, to Scotland started in Malaysia last weekend when she contested the
Still well short of her best, she finished fourth overall with a total lift of 232kg - comprised of 105kg in the snatch and 127kg in the clean and jerk.
That was 20kg below her best total set back in 2008, but she said she was satisfied with the result.
"I was happy with how I went - six out of six (lifts) was good," Acason said.