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    Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Mick de Brenni

    Leigh lifts for his third crack at Commonwealth gold

    Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Mick de Brenni

    Tuesday, April 10, 2018

    Leigh lifts for his third crack at Commonwealth gold

    Returning to competition after a three-year absence from international competition, 53-year-old para powerlifter Leigh Skinner says he is not ready to retire just yet.

    He has one more thing to do: win a Commonwealth Games medal.

    Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni paid tribute to the Gold Coast muscle man who, incidentally, also has a passion for muscle cars.

    "Leigh is no stranger to overcoming challenges," said Mr de Brenni.

    "At 18, a tumour developed in his spinal cord and he was told he only had a 50 per cent chance of ever walking again - and he walked out of hospital three weeks later.

    "While he always loved sport as a kid, he didn't start power-lifting until he was 44 years of age - and three months later he was in the Australian team.

    "Tonight's competition will be Leigh's third Commonwealth Games appearance, and here's hoping he goes out on a high."

    Mr de Brenni said Leigh epitomises the Queensland spirit of pride, passion and perseverance.

    "His commitment is really inspiring, and reflects all the attributes that have elevated Queensland to being recognised as a truly international sporting state," he said.

    "It's so exciting to see that Queensland is today such a formidable force across the entire sporting spectrum.

    "We have world-class facilities, and such amazing support staff and training pathways - I'm looking forward to seeing our success continue.

    "I have no doubt Leigh will do his family, friends and Queensland supporters very proud."

    Mr de Brenni acknowledged the support staff at the Queensland Academy of Sport, including the science, strength and health teams which have worked tirelessly alongside Queensland's Commonwealth Games athletes.

    "The years of behind-the-scenes work often goes unseen, but it's what helps our athletes go that extra one percent and ensures they're performing at their absolute best while representing the Green and Gold," he said.

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