Sport for Women

Deborah Acason

Type: Player/Athlete
Sports: Weightlifting
Location: Australia

Deborah Acason was initially a discus thrower (she won a bronze medal at the 1999 World Youth Championships in Athletics) and when she switched to weightlifting, she won three silver medals at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Deborah also participated in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic games.

Top 100 Sportswomen Nomination

Deborah competed at the last Olympics. Came home had a baby and while still breastfeeding trained for 2012 Olympics and completed at the selection trials last weekend coming in third. Pretty awesome

- Valerie Silver

Deborah Acason in the News

Q & A

Greatest sporting achievement: Dual Olympian and 2006 Comm Games Gold medallist

Greatest achievement off the field: Marrying the biggest hunk of spunk - Josh on 13th Dec 2008. also graduating with a double law (honors) /criminology & criminal justice degree in Dec 2010.

Who is your sporting heroine? Eric Liddell and Jonathon Edwards

How many hours per week to you train/exercise? 10 - 15hrs

What kind of diet or nutrition plan are you on? Eat lots but healthy food. Lots of protein for recovery and muscle building. Eat when I'm hungry.

What do you love about your sport? How strong and healthy it makes me feel and it also allows me to eat heaps.

If you could change something about your sport, what would it be? I would add another weight class for me to fit into without lifting against the really heavy girls.

What motivates you? I want to be the best and strongest weightlifter I can. I believe I have been blessed with a gift from God and a gift is wasted if it is not used. No-one can expect anymore than your best. I always feel best about myself when I have done my absolute best.

Do you have a profession outside of your sport? I am a paralegal with Crown Law and am assigned to the Department of Transport & Main Roads in Brisbane City. I will graduate with a double law / criminology degree in Dec 2010. I also do public speaking for a range of functions.

Three words that describe you: Energetic, placid, determined

If I wanted to play your sport, what advice would you give me? Be prepared to work really hard, lift huge weights, eat lots of food, be totally focused, bring out the animal aggression inside you, be prepared to laugh at yourself and don't take it too seriously.

Deborah Acason Supports Sport for Women Day