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Australian Powerlifting Championships 2021

August 13, 2021 @ 8:00 am August 15, 2021 @ 5:00 pm Australia/Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin, Adelaide


Australian Powerlifting Championships
– Open
– Youth
– Junior

Australian Bench Press Championships
– Open
– Youth
– Junior

Entries Open Now!

Entries and bodyweight class changes close 31 July.


Open – B Grade since 1 Jan 2019
Youth – D Grade since 1 Jan 2019
Junior – C Grade since 1 Jan 2019
+ current member of PA by 30/6/21


MELBOURNE MELBOURNE September 25-26th remains the hub event, with two days of lifting at the Crest Hotel in St Kilda.

CANBERRA, HOBART and BRISBANE will be separate divisions of the Championships, all run on August 14th in venues in those cities –

Hobart at Raw Strength Tasmania

Brisbane at Brisbane North Barbell.

Local meet directors will be in touch with entrants taking part at that those locations.

PERTH is ready to go this Sunday 1 August at Power Pit. Entries are being taken right up to 31 July so enter now to be first cab off the rank in the Australian Championships.

SYDNEY and NSW has been the toughest call for providing fair lifter participation in the Australian Championships. Now the Sydney division of the Championships will be held at Paragon on October 2/3. If numbers dictate a further division of the Championships will be held at the Athlete Status event on October 10th.

Also the September 12th City Strength local event will be shifted into the October 2/3 Championships i.e. your CSHQ entry will automatically be transferred, no further action will be required from you, you’re in the Championships.

Further Information

The full list of competitors and venue nominations can be found below, to nominate a change of venue please email:

All entries (and bodyweight class changes) for the Championships are open until 31 July for all divisions other than Sydney, which will close on September 18th. Wherever you live, you can compete in any city you wish and are able to travel to. All location changes and withdrawals with refund will close strictly at midnight on 6th August for all lifters other than those with a NSW residential postcode.

Remember –

  • You can compete in any city but you can only compete once in the Championships; you can however lift Powerlifting in one city but Bench Press in another city
  • Australian, Oceania and World records can be set at each and every division of the Australian Championships; arrangements will be made for the necessary Referee standards to be met at each location
  • the Australian Championships are a Sport Integrity Australia Declared Sporting Event and subject to in-competition testing, while of course out-of-competition testing can occur at any time for any Powerlifting Australia member. Also if competing in the Australian Championships you should ensure that any needed TUEs are completed as required by SIA
  • the Australian Championships final results will be collated soon after the final division is conducted, medals will be distributed by mail and trophies at the earliest in-person opportunity. Don’t forget there are Samtek bar prizes for the Best Lifters and VPA packs for class winners, which will also be distributed direct.


World Powerlifting approved for World and Oceania records, all age groups.


Trophies: 1st place each Open division

PA medals: Other placings

Samtek Bar: Best Lifters (Open Men PL, Open Women PL, Bench Press)

Win a Samtek Bar!

Best Lifters (Open Men PL, Open Women PL, Bench Press) win a Stainless Steel Samtek bar!


The Australian Powerlifting Championships is a Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) Declared Sporting Event. Hence In-Advance, as opposed to Retrospective, Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) are necessary for those entrants seeking a TUE. Visit the SIA website for further information.

Fitness Australia
Sports Integrity
Oceania Powerlifting
World Powerlifting
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