Leo Isaac – Olympic Weightlifting Coach

The career of Lionel (Leo) Isaac in Olympic Weightlifting spans 49 years as an athlete, coach, coach educator, administrator and author. He is an accredited Level 3 (National) coach and has performed major roles for the Australian Weightlifting Federation as a coach and coach educator. He is currently active as a Weightlifting coach in Hobart, Australia, and spends much of his time creating books and other educational resources for Olympic Weightlifting. Leo has coached more than 500 athletes and has produced junior and senior national champions. His key coaching focus is the development of technical excellence that withstands the scrutiny of intense competition pressure.

Portrait of Leo Isaac, Olympic Weightlifting Coach

Academic Qualifications

  • Masters in Sports Coaching, University of Queensland
  • BSc (Hons), Physical Education, Sports Science and Recreation Management, Loughborough University, England
  • Grad Dip Teaching, University of Queensland

Overseas Coaching Appointments

  • Head Coach, Australian Team, 2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia
  • Head Coach, Australian Team, 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
  • Head Coach, Australian Team, 2017 Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships, Gold Coast, Australia
  • Head Coach, Australian Team, 2016 Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships, Penang, Malaysia
  • Head Coach, Australian Team, 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championships, Suva, Fiji
  • Head Coach, Australian Team, 2015 Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships, Pune, India
  • Coach, Australian Team, 2014 Pacific Cup Weightlifting Tournament, New Caledonia
  • Head Coach, 1991 Junior World Championships, Wolmirstedt, Germany

Professional and Voluntary Roles Previously Held

  • Former National Coaching Director of Australian Weightlifting Federation
  • State Administrator of Queensland Weightlifting
  • NSW Coaching Development Officer
  • President of Weightlifting Tasmania (current)

International Appearances as Athlete

  • 1979 European Championships, Varna, Bulgaria, 9th place, 67.5Kg category
  • 1979 World Championships, Salonnica, Greece, 10th place 67.5Kg category
  • 1980 Commonwealth Championships, Cardiff, Wales, 1st place 67.5Kg category
  • 1980 European Championships, Belgrade, Serbia, 8th place 67.5Kg category
  • 1980 Olympic Games, Moscow, Russia, 14th place, 67.5Kg category
  • 1982 EEC Championships, Lommel, Belgium, 2nd place, 75Kg category
  • 1982 Commonwealth Games, Brisbane, Australia, 4th place, 75Kg category
  • 1985 World Championships, Stockholm, Sweden, 9th place, 67.5Kg category

Publications

Coaching Weightlifting Illustrated: A systematic approach to coaching beginners, published 1 December 2021, ISBN-13: 9780646850634, paperback; 406 pages.

Cover of the book Coaching Weightlifting Illustrated.

Picture of cover of Book 1 of the Olympic Weightlifting Program.

The Beginner Olympic Weightlifting Program: Book 1 – The first 24 sessions, published 11 July 2022, eBook.

Print version is available in Australia but not yet internationally.


The Beginner Olympic Weightlifting Program: Book 2 – Sessions 25-48, published 25 August 2022, eBook.

Print version is available in Australia but not yet internationally

Picture of cover of Book 2 of the Olympic Weightlifting Program.

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