TOUGH: Tia-Clair Toomey is the only Australian women's weightlifter at Rio.
TOUGH: Tia-Clair Toomey is the only Australian women's weightlifter at Rio. Contributed

World's second fittest woman muscles up for Rio Olympics

WEIGHTLIFTING: She's recently been crowned the world's second fittest woman for the second year running and now Maroochy River product Tia-Clair Toomey is intent on finding something extra for the Rio Games.

The 23-year-old is Australia's sole female representative in the discipline after earning her berth at a continental qualifying tournament earlier this year.

"It has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I've always wanted to be an Olympian and represent my country," she said.

"Growing up I never thought it would have been for weightlifting but here we are and I'm excited to wear the green and gold.

"I have to pinch myself that I get the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of so many great athletes I grew up watching on TV."

Toomey will compete in the 58kg section. A top-20 result would be considered a good one.

"I aim to compete to the best of my ability and make my family, friends and country proud," she said.

" An experience like this could only be once in a life time so it's important I make the most of it and really take it all in."

She told the Daily recently she had no qualms about backing up from the CrossFit Games in California last month, when she was runner-up.

At the Oceania Weightlifting Championships in Fiji in May, she hoisted a combined lift of 194kg.

"With only one female and male weightlifter getting to represent Australia at the Olympics this was really nerve wracking," she admitted.

"I was up against so many amazing lifters for that spot and that makes me appreciate it even more."

She was then able to tell her pop John that she was bound for Brazil just before he died.

She was officially welcomed to the team on the day of his funeral.

Now based in Gladstone with her fiance/coach Shane Orr, Toomey runs a gym and trains for around four to six hours a day. Orr will be at the Rio Games with her.