Athlete Profiles

Richard Patterson

Date of Birth: 30/4/1983

Residence: Auckland, New Zealand

Height: 167cm

Weight Class: 85kg

Occupation: Director of Functional Strength, Coach

Coach: Richie Patterson (self coach!)

Lifting since: 1998

Best Competition Lifts

Snatch: 156kg

Clean and Jerk: 193kg

Total: 345kg

New Zealand Grade: Senior Men Elite

NEW ZEALAND CAPS

  • 2016 Rio Olympics
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, Scotland (Gold medalist 85kg)
  • 2012 London Olympics
  • 2012 Oceania & Commonwealth Championships. Apia, Samoa (Gold Medal 85kg)
  • 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi (Sliver Medalist 85kg)
  • 2010 Oceania Championships. Suva, Fiji (Silver Medal 94kg)
  • 2009 World Championships. Seoul, Korea.
  • 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • 2008 Oceania Championships. Auckland, New Zealand (Gold Medal 85kg)
  • 2007 Oceania & Commonwealth Championships. Apia, Samoa (Gold Medal 85kg)
  • 2007 IWF World Cup. Apia, Samoa (Silver Medal 85kg)
  • 2006 Commonwealth Games, Melbourne
  • 2005 World Champs, Doha
  • 14 times New Zealand National Senior Champion
  • times Oceania Senior Champion

RECORDS

  • New Zealand Senior 77kg Snatch – 140kg
  • New Zealand Senior 77kg Clean and Jerk – 176kg
  • New Zealand Senior 77kg Total – 316kg
  • New Zealand Senior 85kg Snatch – 156kg
  • New Zealand Senior 85kg Clean and Jerk – 190kg
  • New Zealand Senior 85kg Total – 345kg
  • New Zealand Senior 94kg Clean and Jerk – 193kg
  • New Zealand Senior 94kg Total – 343kg
  • New Zealand Junior U20 77kg Snatch – 127kg
 

How did you get involved in Olympic Weightlifting? I was at Boarding School “Auckland Grammar” when the School weightlifting club did a demo at the assembly , my friend thought it would be a good idea to do weightlifting to improve our rugby. I started weightlifting 1 week before I turned 15

Nickname: Richie, Rich, Ricardo, Dickpat

Hobbies: Used to surf, but now just eat/sleep/coach/train

Hero/Idol: Followed the path of Nigel Avery who set a standard for Olympic Weightlifting training in New Zealand

Injuries: Sublax dislocation/little tear in left elbow 2002

Rituals: “Legs, elbows, elbows, back, hips in, upright” is what I repeat to myself every time I step onto a platform in training and competition. “Weird I know!”

Motto: “Courage isn’t having the strength to go on, it’s going on when you don’t have the strength”

Other Sports: At School played Rugby, Touch Rugby, Athletics, Squash, Hockey.

But upon leaving school I focused on weightlifting for the last 12 years

 

Phillipa Hale

Date of Birth: 8/12/1984

Residence: Auckland, New Zealand

Height: 153cm

Weight Class: 53kg

Occupation: Administration/Coach

Coach: Richie Patterson

Lifting since: July, 2011

Best Competition Lifts

Snatch: 79kg

Clean and Jerk: 98kg

Total: 175kg

New Zealand Grade: Senior Women International

NEW ZEALAND CAPS

  • 2012 Oceania & Commonwealth Championships. Apia, Samoa
  • 2013 Oceania & Commonwealth Championships. Brisbane, Australia (Silver medalist)
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow Scotland

 

RECORDS

  • New Zealand Senior 48kg Snatch – 60kg
  • New Zealand Senior 48kg Clean and Jerk – 75kg
  • New Zealand Senior 48kg Total – 135kg
  • New Zealand Senior 53kg Snatch – 79kg
  • New Zealand Senior 53kg Clean and Jerk – 98kg
  • New Zealand Senior 53kg Total – 175kg
  • New Zealand Senior 58kg Snatch – 79kg
  • New Zealand Senior 58kg Clean and Jerk – 98kg
  • New Zealand Senior 58kg Total – 175kg 

How did you get involved in Olympic Weightlifting?

I started being Coached by Richie to improve my Olympic Lifts and Strength for CrossFit. Being a smaller Athlete I am well suited to Olympic Weightlifting as you compete in Weight Classes rather than in CrossFit Open body weight to weight lifted.

After competing in my first weightlifting competition and qualifying for the New Zealand team and breaking 3 New Zealand records I though I might like to take Olympic Weightlifting more seriously.

 

Nickname: Pip

Motto: Pain is weakness leaving the body. Live, Love, Lift….

Other Sports:National Level Gymnast

 

 

Lauren Roberts

Date of Birth: 4/4/1985

Residence: New Zealand

Height: 5’3

Weight Class: 63/69kg

Occupation: Town Planner

Coach: Richie Patterson

Lifting since: March, 2011

Best Competition Lifts

Snatch: 79kg

Clean and Jerk: 91kg

Total: 170kg

New Zealand Grade: Senior Women A Grade

NEW ZEALAND CAPS

  • 2012 Oceania & Commonwealth Championships. Apia, Samoa
  • 2013 Oceania & Commonwealth Championships. Brisbane, Australia

RECORDS

  • New Zealand Senior 63kg Snatch – 76kg
  • New Zealand Senior 63kg Clean and Jerk – 88kg
  • New Zealand Senior 63kg Total – 164kg

How did you get involved in Olympic Weightlifting?

I started weightlifting after a stint in CrossFit. The skill involved combined with the adrenalin and excitement when lifting a new weight had me converted.

Nickname: Lozza

Hobbies: Surfing, Swimming and anything water sports.

Hero/Idol: Surfing’s comeback kid, Mark Occhilupo. Ranked 3rd in the world at 17yrs which was closely followed by a spiralling decent into drug abuse and depression. Heavily overweight, Occy made his comeback to win the world title in 1999. Bam!

Injuries: N/A

Rituals: A new paint of nail polish night before each comp.

Motto: PRODUCTIVITY. You need to apply the most amount of effort to the best of your ability in the allotted time that you have. Going through the motions is the most disadvantage thing you can do.

Other sports: National representative in Surfing, Surf Lifesaving and Kayaking.

Stas Chalaev

Date of Birth: 16/10/1986

Residence: Auckland, New Zealand

Height: 178cm

Weight Class: 105-110kg

Occupation: Duty Manager and Lifeguard

Coach:
Lifting since: 1999

Best Competition Lifts
Snatch:
Clean and Jerk:
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New Zealand Grade:

NEW ZEALAND CAPS

2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi (Sliver Medal 85kg)

RECORDS

How did you get involved in Olympic Weightlifting?
Began Olympic Weightlifting at the age of 13 in Auckland Grammar School with my first coach Mike Reid and have stuck with it ever since.

Nickname: Stasky, Huggybear, People’s Champ

Hobbies: Movies, Music, Travel, Books, MMA

Hero/Idol: My Mom.

Injuries: Surgery on right knee

Rituals: The only ritual you need is to believe in yourself.

Motto: You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind.