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.