Ipswich Olympian Deborah Acason receives a kiss from husband Joshua at their Dinmore home.
Ipswich Olympian Deborah Acason receives a kiss from husband Joshua at their Dinmore home. File Image

Mum-to-be in Olympic wait

A YEAR out from the London Olympics, Ipswich’s international weightlifter Deb Acason would normally be having a break.

However, the time she’s having off before the next Olympics carries special significance.

The Commonwealth Games medallist and her husband Josh are expecting their first child in September.

“Everything is going well,” Acason, 28, said yesterday.

“I’ve got about five and a half weeks to go.

“I don’t know what we’re having. It’s very exciting.”

While looking after her baby is her top priority, Acason yesterday said she was still considering her London Olympic options next year.

“I can’t be doing anything right now but I’ll see how things progress after the baby,” she said.

“I haven’t retired or anything.

“With a year to London, there’s plenty of time.

“Everything’s gone to plan and gone really well. The (Olympic) trials aren’t until May next year.”

Acason hopes having strong stomach muscles will aid a speedy recovery.

“One Russian lady broke a few world records within six months of having her baby,” the Ipswich achiever said.

Should Acason qualify, it will be her third Olympics, having represented Australia at Athens in 2004 (finishing 12th) and in Beijing in 2008 (eighth).

Dinmore-based Acason regularly sets records.

She was Australia’s only weightlifting representative in Athens and the first women’s dual Olympian in her sport.

At last year’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi, she won a bronze medal in the hotly-contested superheavyweight class. That added to her gold and silver medals in lighter divisions at the 2002 and 2006 Games.

Acason has also represented Australia in athletics (winning a bronze medal in discus at the 1999 world youth championships) and was chosen in a national rugby squad in 2006.

One of her successful sporting formulas is taking time off between major events.

“My body’s sort of thinking I’m on a break with an injury and I’m ready to get back into it in a few months,” she said of her latest situation. “It’s good.

“I’m really used to doing this.

“I’ll give myself a bit of time off with the baby and hopefully we’ll eat and sleep and do everything well.

“I’ve still been doing a little bit at the gym because I feel like I want to and I can. It’s made me feel a lot better with this pregnancy.”

With a baby on the way, she’s also thrilled to have completed her law and criminology studies.

“I’ve only just finished exams this week,” she said, having time off work until after the London Olympics.

“I’m finished my study now. I can be admitted as a lawyer.”

But for the next six months at least, Acason’s focus is on her new arrival and what she calls the “Babymoon” phase of her busy life.

“With my study and work out of the way, it’s really good. It will just help me focus on the baby,” she said.

“We’ve got the cot and things set up. Things are pretty well underway.”

Deb and Josh married in Ipswich after the 2008 Olympics.

The couple, actively involved in the church, are also planning a kids club at Central State School in the September holidays.

With a new addition due around the same time, it’s all good in the Acason household.



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