Brisbane Barbell Club


Whether you’re an aspiring competition weightlifter looking to make your mark on the sport of weightlifting, or simply an amateur athlete interested in building a solid base of strength, the Queensland Weightlifting Association (QWA) certified Brisbane Barbell Club is the place for you.

Led by Damon Kelly, Australia’s most successful weightlifter of the last 30 years, the Brisbane Barbell Club combines the finest equipment, including 10 custom-made weightlifting platforms, with some of the most accomplished and knowledgeable coaches on the planet. Master the movements that will improve your coordination, strength, balance, agility, flexibility and speed.

Getting started:

Each new member must complete the Brisbane Barbell Club Fundamentals Program, which is a two-session introduction to the fundamentals of weightlifting. These sessions are critical in setting each individual on the right path for gaining the technical proficiency in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. They will be conducted with no more than four members per coach to ensure the right amount of attention is given to each athlete.

Upon completion of the Fundamentals program, each athlete will receive a personalized program that has been prepared by our expert coaches to maximize each person’s development, and is free to join as a member.

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About Our Coaches:

Damon “Damo” Kelly


Damon Kelly is highly regarded throughout the world for his accomplishments as an athlete, specifically within weightlifting, and passion for creating a healthy generation of Australians. His weightlifting journey began over 15 years ago. Along the way he has represented Australia all around the world, from the Junior World Championships to the Olympic Games.

With a 310kg back squat and a 176kg snatch, his prowess in the sport is undeniable. Through his hard work and dedication Damon has represented Australia at three Commonwealth Games and two Olympic Games, becoming one of the best weightlifters of his generation.


  • State Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach 2 Licence
  • State Weightlifting Referee
  • Cert III Fitness
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, Bronze Medallist
  • 2012 Olympic Games, London, 16th Place
  • 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi, Gold Medallist
  • 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing, 9th Place
  • 2006 Commonwealth Games, Melbourne, Silver Medallist