Over 100 lifters took part in the fitness industry’s big event of the year, Fitness Show Sydney at the premier international Convention Centre. In those salubrious surrounds mainland China made its debut on the World Powerlifting stage whilst powerhouse Nauru continued to produce record-setters and Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong also produced top performances.
Amongst the Women, Hong Kong’s best lifter Daniella Means came through with 402.5kg at 63kg to barely pip Giuliana Nannetti’s 380kg at 57kg and Kelli Clarke’s 435kg at 72kg for the overall title. Future champion, 17-year-old Brea de Jonge, up at the other end of the weight scale at 84kg+ set SubJunior records with her eary 462.5kg.
As usual, the standout in the men’s lifting was the Nauruan Goliath, Jezza Uepa. Jezza just missed a record 460.5kg Squat and was likewise on a record 270.5kg Bench but still came through with a quality 1030kg Total. Trailing not far behind was Australia’s Tony Reinmuth, with a PB 905kg Total.
Each of the other classes had quality winners. Weibin He at 105kg was way out in front in that class with 810kg likewise Jiawen Luo at 93kg and Telupe Iosefa of Tuvalu at 120kg. Moore Australian Records came in the 74kg class via Alvin Li with 672.5 kg and the 66kg class with a shrunken down Karl di Falco totalling 619.5kg. Last but not least was Sane Faatoe, Bench Press only and an enormous 236kg at 112kg bodyweight.
From here Australia and Asia Pacific’s top lifters go on to a slew of national and international events. The Australian Championships are on at the Fitness Show Melbourne, the Oceania Championships in Nauru and new international Championships for late 2018 will soon be unveiled.
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An Australian Team of 6 lifters and two officials travelled far afield to Mexico City for the 2017 Para Powerlifting World Championships.
The standard was sky high. Our top performer was Ben Wright, with 176kg placed him 11th in the tough 88kg class. Cris Ashcroft was also solid with 12th via 85kg and new find Kelly Cartwright was 15th in her class with 56kg.
This event was a building block for the next big event for Australia, the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next April. High Performance Manager Simon Bergner & Team Leader Bill Nancarrow will be taking the Australian Team of 6 elite performers onward to podium performances.
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Tropical Singapore was the venue for the 2017 Oceania Championships, with Team Australia to the fore as ever. Our top performers were up there in World Record territory. Wendy Chan at 47kg set Junior records with 132.5kg Squat, 150kg Deadlift & 355.5kg Total. Then 59kg Joshua Luu set a World Junior Record Deadlift 241kg, whilst SubJunior Victor Adis-Iosifidis was also a record-setter with 265kg Squat.
At the other end of the age spectrum Masters perennials, Graham McDonald and Eric Dumas were standout winners with 747.5 kg @ 120kg and 681kg @ 105kg respectively. Quality performances also came in from Christophe Ang 637.5kg @ 74kg, Tara Gripton 420kg @ 63kg and Arief Hunter, back from injury with an even 700kg @ 93kg. And who could miss Nolene Kingi with an Australian Record 215kg Deadlift on the way to 530kg @ 84+kg.
From here Australia goes on to the 2018 Oceania Championships, confirmed for the Pacific Powerhouse of Nauru. The home team of Jezza, Bronco, Deamo et al will make the 2018 team title a tough job for Australia.
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