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.
The Australian Masters Games are back, and this year they are in the beautiful North West Coast of Tasmania.
Powerlifting is one of the 40+ sports on offer at the 16th Australian Masters Games.
As Such Powerlifting Australia and Raw Strength Tasmania will be hosting a Powerlifting event in Association with the Master games
Held in Tasmania’s North West in October 2017, the only criteria to compete in this mass participation event is you must meet the minimum age criteria, which is 40 years plus.
As well as an extensive sporting schedule, the Games will also comprise of a variety of social events throughout the week, including an Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony, providing a festival atmosphere for both competitors and visitors to Tasmania.
Enter now at www.AustralianMastersGames.com and have a devil of a time in Tassie!
Australia was runner-up to home nation New Zealand at the 2016 Asia/Oceania Championships in Christchurch, but was clearly on top for stellar individual performances.
Our own superstar Liz Craven came back from her 3rd in the World Championships to here set 52kg World Records in the Squat with 153.5kg nd the Total 418.5kg. From there came a cavalcade or World Junior Records for our Women lifters
– Bethany Parker made a clear sweep or the records in the SubJunior 84kg class, finishing with a 481.5 Total.
– Yani Zhao was ill and below par but came through with a 198kg World Record Squat and 501kg Total at 84kg.
– Nathalie Balhald at 57kg produced a 175kg Deadlift and 390kg Total for World Records.
– Most promising of all was newcomer Schae Zarew with a 436kg Total at 63kg.
At the other end of the age spectrum venerable Masters 2 lifters Mary Macken at 47kg and Vicki O’Brien at 63kg set records including a long-sought 175.5kg Deadlift World Record for Vicki.
Across at the Men’s another superstar led the way, Cameron McKenzie setting World Junior Records in the Deadlift at 363kg and Total at 888kg. Australia had a surprise winner in the Open 66kg class with Ken Nguyen’s 590.5kg Total whilst Nathan Tanis 710kg at 83kg was a big Total but overshadowed by King James (NZ) 712kg in a battle down to the line. Two Masters stood out for Australia. Graham McDonald’s 760kg at M1 120kg being way out in front and Eric Dumas Crowleyesque 666kg at 93kg getting him best M2 lifter.
Thus ended a 300 lifter contest with 60 Australians the biggest visiting contingent after visa problems took out more than 100 entrants. In 2017 the Asia/Oceania’s are scheduled for Singapore and the ever growing force of Australian Powerlifting should again lead the way.