The International Convention Centre in Sydney was the scene for Australia’s biggest Fitness Show and for Australia’s biggest and best Powerlifting event ever. Twenty World Records fell, along with countless Australian, Oceania, Asian and even USA records as stars like Dave Ricks, Daiki Kodama and Jeza Uepa took the stage in front of a packed house in every session.
The star of the entire show was Dave Ricks (USA). At age 57, Dave set World Open, Masters I and Masters II records including a fighting 325.5kg record Squat and 825.5kg Total. Not far behind in the performance stakes was Daiki Kodama of Japan, who set not one but two Open World Bench Press Records – 211.5kg at 74kg on Saturday and 210kg at 83kg on Sunday. And then came Jeza Uepa with 1020kg Total at Super, Deamo Baguga also of Nauru set a World Record Deadlift at 83kg with 322.5kg and another Nauruan, Bronco Deiranauw also came in with a World Record 322kg Squat at 105kg.
From closer to home, New Zealander Brett Gibbs we also saw a World Record 292.5kg Squat at 83kg. Australia’s best were also not far behind. Liz Craven set a World Record Squat with 155.5kg at 52kg; whilst Yani Zhao was also world class with a 522.5 Total at just over 84kg. Our men were equally accomplished. Kevin Gray shocking the World with a new 59kg Squat Record at 240kg and rear national records coming in from all of Will Phillips 93kg, Nick Dorn 105kg and Tony Reinmuth 120+kg.
And that was just the beginning for 2017. October will bring both Fitness Show Brisbane and Fitness Show Melbourne, the southern city event including the Australian Championships.
Recordings of the Event can be found on the Powerlifting Australia Youtube Channel.