Powerlifting Australia has long supported Paralympic Powerlifting, with local events conducted all around Australia. Now we have moved a step further by establishing an Agreement with the Australian Paralympic Committee for a performance program leading up to the 2016 Commonwealth Games.
NCAS Coach Simon Bergner, assisted by Paralympics medallist Brian McNichol and our own Cameron Whittington, will develop events and systems for achieving medal results for Australia on the Gold Coast next April.
This will utilise Powerlifting Australia’s infrastructure and the APC’s resources to maximise the performance of our existing Paralympians and to unearth new talent in the quest for Commonwealth Gold. Powerlifting Australia is honoured to be entrusted with this mission and looks forward to seeing our athletes on the podium in 2018.”
Simon Bergner email@example.com
More medals came for Australia’s team of 35 lifters at the World Powerlifting Championships in Minsk, Belarus.
Standout was Liz Craven, a medalist for the second time, improving to silver in the 52kg class but narrowly out total’d by Marisa Inda of the USA. On the way through Liz set a World Record squat of 156kg, only for that to be scratched away with Suzanne Hartwig-Gary’s 156.5kg.
Near the medals with an unlucky fourth was Yani Zhao. A miraculous deadlift of 202.5kg had Yani in the bronze position, but Zubke of Belarus came through with a controversial success on 215kg to pip Yani at the post.
In the Men’s, the 74kg class saw a pair of Australians battle it out for national records, Karl di Falco coming in just ahead of Joey Zinghini, 652.5kg to 650kg. Up in the Supers there was an even more titanic Australian struggle, Tony Reinmuth and Tyron Senituli going lift for lift and Australian Records in the Squat (Tony 355kg) and the Total (Tony 887.5kg and then Tyron 890kg) resulting. In between, in teh 93s, newcomers Cale Rowston was a very solid 9th with 747.5kg.
Down in the Juniors, Australia had another standout result, with Rachel Jones winning the 57kg class and setting a World Junior Record Squat of 153.5kg. At the other end of the age spectrum Masters I lifter Cass Pickard blitzed the field for a 40kg win in the 63kg class and venerable Kelvin Aitken was a clear winner in the Masters III 120+kg class.
Australian Powerlifting goes from strength to strength. From here we have the Oceania Championships in Singapore in December, the stepping stone for surely the biggest Worlds ever, Calgary, Canada in June 2018.
The International Convention Centre in Sydney was the scene for Australia’s biggest Fitness Show and for Australia’s biggest and best Powerlifting event ever. Twenty World Records fell, along with countless Australian, Oceania, Asian and even USA records as stars like Dave Ricks, Daiki Kodama and Jeza Uepa took the stage in front of a packed house in every session.
The star of the entire show was Dave Ricks (USA). At age 57, Dave set World Open, Masters I and Masters II records including a fighting 325.5kg record Squat and 825.5kg Total. Not far behind in the performance stakes was Daiki Kodama of Japan, who set not one but two Open World Bench Press Records – 211.5kg at 74kg on Saturday and 210kg at 83kg on Sunday. And then came Jeza Uepa with 1020kg Total at Super, Deamo Baguga also of Nauru set a World Record Deadlift at 83kg with 322.5kg and another Nauruan, Bronco Deiranauw also came in with a World Record 322kg Squat at 105kg.
From closer to home, New Zealander Brett Gibbs we also saw a World Record 292.5kg Squat at 83kg. Australia’s best were also not far behind. Liz Craven set a World Record Squat with 155.5kg at 52kg; whilst Yani Zhao was also world class with a 522.5 Total at just over 84kg. Our men were equally accomplished. Kevin Gray shocking the World with a new 59kg Squat Record at 240kg and rear national records coming in from all of Will Phillips 93kg, Nick Dorn 105kg and Tony Reinmuth 120+kg.
And that was just the beginning for 2017. October will bring both Fitness Show Brisbane and Fitness Show Melbourne, the southern city event including the Australian Championships.
Recordings of the Event can be found on the Powerlifting Australia Youtube Channel.