At last, Australia is cautiously emerging from the restrictions of the last few months and sports are looking forward to resuming. Powerlifting Australia is committed to providing competitive opportunities for its members as soon as can reasonably be done, within all the necessary health regulations. However, our Calendar of events has needed to be adapted to circumstances, with some reschedulings and format changes.
Local events will steadily return and be shown on the PA Local Events page. You can enter there and for the remainder of 2020, members who have a credit from a previously cancelled contest will be given first access to enter an event. That priority access arrangement will hold for 5 days from the date the entries for the event open. Now we can advise that major events have been innovated and the 2020 to 2021 setup is as follows –
The PACIFIC INVITATIONAL will still be on July 11-12, multi-venued at Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Hobart, as well as in Auckland and Nauru around the same dates. In Australia this event will be paired with local contests, so just enter that event as per usual and if you make the Pacific division you will be notified. However, all aiming to set international records will be accommodated.
The AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR & MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS will now be held in Brisbane at the newly equipped, all Samtek, Brisbane North Barbell, your host Mr. Dave Napper, on September 25 – 27. Entries will open in June. If you have already entered that entry will be carried forward but you will be contacted soon to confirm your place. Should there be any difficulty with that Brisbane location Powerlifting Australia has alternative venues secured and the date will not change.
Then the open AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS will be a clearcut event held entirely at the Crest Hotel in touristy St. Kilda in Melbourne. Note also that the usual qualifying criteria for all the Australian Championships will be relaxed – details to follow on the National Events page.
Then there’s more. The Australian Championships in Melbourne in October will also be the 2020 OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS. Teams from New Zealand, Nauru and the Pacific will take on Australian teams in an elite open only event, incorporating both that international contest and the Australian Championships. Thus if you make the Australian team you will be lifting simultaneously in both the Oceania and the Australian Championships.
It doesn’t stop there. The World Junior and Masters Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships in New Zealand, originally set for December, will go ahead but at the new date of January 29 – 31 2021.
This event will also incorporate the Oceania Junior and Masters Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships.
And the Open World Championships originally set for Melbourne in October will now be held at Fitness Show Sydney April 30 – May 2 2021. More details on those events soon.
Of course, all those dates are subject to the prevailing government regulations at the time, but as far as possible contingencies have been built in to secure contests going forward. Also, it is certainly the case that all Powerlifting Australia events will be run as per the health rules of the relevant State for each contest and to that end PA will have a COVID management plan available from late June, to complement State regulations.
Check in regularly to keep tabs on events as they open.