Weightlifter Phillipa Patterson. Credit: Photosport.

Patterson is a gymnast-turned-weightlifter from Auckland.

She competed in competitive gymnastics on a national level for 10 years before she took up CrossFit and then weightlifting. 

In 2014, she was selected for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, where she placed 5th in the women’s under 53kg category.

She married fellow weightlifter Richie Patterson in Glasgow only days after they both competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

She then won gold at the 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championships, bronze at the 2016 Commonwealth Championships and silver in the 2017 Oceania Weightlifting Championships.

Patterson was named New Zealand’s top female weightlifter in 2017 and holds New Zealand records across three weight classes.

Her husband Richie Patterson is also competing on the Gold Coast. 

They have a two and a half year old son and run the Functional Strength CrossFit gym in Albany.

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