The Crest Hotel in Melbourne saw a new wave of champions and records arrive via the 2022 Australian Powerlifting Championships. Nicholas Tan 69kg, Ben Hogan 94kg and Billy Trajkov 105kg were all fresh faces promising more for the future, with Billy’s 677kg taking out Best Lifter both Junior and open. At the other end of the age spectrum venerable warhorse Leigh Wisbey pulled up an excruciating 288kg Deadlift to take an age 60-64 WR and also the Best Master’s lifter title.
The Women’ classes had more familiarity, with Isabella Thomson way out in front in the 72kg class at an AR 500kg. A near miss on 200kg Squat kept Isabella’s points to just under 600 but good enough for Best Lifter. Speedy Bianca Wilmott was clear in the 58kgs and is headed for more in the Total than her 381kg here. Likewise for Brea Dejonge, back from a long lockdown with 543kg in the 100kg+.
Bench Press specialist Hani Watson added class to proceedings by following up her Commonwealth Games Para bronze medal with an AR and WRM 126kg at 100kg.
Best Team Women was NSPC Wollongong ahead of World Powerlifting Melbourne and Raw Strength Hobart; in the Men’s it was all WPM, ahead of surprise packet NST.
The cobwebs are dusted off and all are now heading towards the Oceania Championships and Open, same venue, Crest Hotel November 26/27 with New Zealand, Nauru and more nations added to the mix to ensure even higher results.