The big event of the year – the combined World Open, Junior and Masters Championships saw Australia establish itself as a renewed force in World Powerlifting. In the main event, the Open Championships, the Australian Men’s team came in at a very solid 10th in a big, strong field of nations and the women’s team an outstanding 4th overall.
The quality performance of the meet was Stephen Pritchard’s 5th in the very tough 120kg Class, with a record breaking 847.5kg Total. Also high up in a quality field was Colin Webb, 6th overall in the 83kg class and taking Bronze in the Squat. But breaking through from the Juniors into Open contention was J.P. Cauchi, a brilliant Gold Medallist in the 66kg Juniors and setting a World Record, Junior and Open, with a 273kg Deadlift.
In the Women’s, more event medals came Australia’s way with Silvers from Kelli Clarke (63kg Squat), Chleo Van Wyk (84kg Deadlift) and Bronzes from Jess Gilbert (84kg Squat and Bench Press). Backing these top individual lift results up were Total 4th and 5th placings from Chleo and Jess.
In the age groups, J.P was the standout with his overall win the 66kg Juniors. But behind was a cavalcade of Australian medial-winners and record-setters. Cameron McKenzie set a World Junior Deadlift Record with 330kg, Eric Dumas likewise set a Masters II Squat World Record with 240kg and Catherine Sorrenson was out in front in the Masters I 57kg Bench Press at 85kg.