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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Melbourne’s stellar Fitness Show was once again the scene for the Australian Open Championships. Australia’s best 90 lifters were invited to fight out the 15 Championship titles in front of 20,000 fitness professionals & fans and the result was no less than nine new Australian Total Records.
In the Women’s classes World’s silver medallist Liz Craven was out in front as Best Lifter with 431kg at 57kg, on the way to another medal in her native 52kg class next year. Canberra stablemate Schae Zarew was also well clear in her 63kg class with a solid 435kg total. More Australian Records came in the 72kg and 84kg classes with repeat winners Kelli Clarke and Yani Zhao and at superheavyweight, Najat Khoury also repeated as title-holder with 457.5kg.
Amongst the men, Australia’s Records came from the small fry with 59kg. Ray wong producing 545.5kg and half-bodybuilder half-powerlifter Karl di Falco with 603.5kg. At 74kg peripatetic Alvin Lim returned to hold off an unusually prudent Joey Zinghini who chose 275kg to in turn keep at bay JP Cauchi for second place. The 83kg class was all Nathan Tanis, way out in front with 740.5kg, en route to high placing at next years World’s.
The 93kg class had depth topped by Will Phillips breaking through to a big Australian Record 772.5kg, chased to the line by four others over 737.5. In the 105kg class old stager David Jame had the crowd worried after a 260kg Deadlift miss, then 280kg miss but the smart money knew 312.5 would go on third attempt for a blast from the past win. The top two classes saw the top two men perform Cameron McKenzie totalling 865kg at 120kg after a needed lay off and then Tyron Senituli putting everything beyond doubt with a giant 927.5kg and 511 points to make clear who was Best Lifter.
On from here will go our top lifters to the Oceania Championships in December in Singapore and then the acid test, the World Championships in Calgary, Canada next June. the impressive results at these Nationals foreshadow many medals to come at those big events.