A historic event took place in the world of Powerlifting on September 8-14 — China hosted their first ever Powerlifting World Championship. This was the IBSA Blind World Powerlifting Championships, held in the capital city of Beijing.
Phil Menzie and Lepeka “Peks” Nanai, represented Australia, with impressive results. Phil an M1 athlete, won his age and weight division with 442.5kg. and finished 5th in the Open 75kg division.
Defending World Champion Peks demoralized his opposition and finished as World Champion for the second year in a row in the Open 125kg. class. Peks, truly a crowd favourite, Bench Pressed a spectacular World Record of 200kgs and finished with a World Record Total of 725kgs.
Now Australian Blind Powerlifters look forward to gearing up for their next milestone, the multi-sport Blind World Games in 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. There Peks will be chasing 3 World titles in a row and will lead our growing band of Blind lifters.