All was peaceful at the Ibis Sheung Wan for the 2019 Asia Pacific Championships, with 130 lifters taking the stage in Powerlifting and Bench Press. The new Hong Kong Powerlifting Federation, already the dominant force in the SAR, presented the Regions best over three days of action in front of a full house.

In the Women’s lifting New Zealand’s Catherine Shon was out in front with 386kg total at 58kg to take Best Lifter. That was just two points ahead of Australia’s Megan Reed, filling out back into the 72kg class with 435kg, at 68kg. bodyweight. Hot favourite Yani Zhao never recovered from hips off misses in the Bench to come in third overall. In the Equipped division Tash Williams (NZL) was the standout with a big 562kg/501 points Total.