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COMMONWEALTH AND OCEANIA POWERLIFTING IN AUCKLAND - DVD ORDERS AVAILABLE (09/12/2013)
Another successful championships has come and gone, and for those who want to see it again a DVD of any session is available for AUD$35 which includes postage. Contact John Myers at email@example.com, on 0429 627 628 to request for your copy today!
2014 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE AUSTRALIAN FITNESS & HEALTH EXPO (29/10/2013)
April 4 −6 will mark another milestone for Powerlifting Australia, as we will be showcased for 3 complete days at The Australian Fitness & Health Expo, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Fitness show!
THE NEW ELEIKO AUSTRALIA JOINS WITH POWERLIFTING AUSTRALIA (5/10/2013)
The World’s leading supplier of Powerlifting equipment, Eleiko Sport of Sweden, has appointed a new exclusive distributor in Australia — Leisure Concepts Australia Pty. Ltd. Leisure Concepts is quality supplier to the fitness industry & has now partnered with PA to develop Powerlifting Australia-wide.
AUSTRALIAN TEAM AT THE WORLD MASTERS ORLANDO, FLORIDA USA 2013 (04/10/2013)
Nine lifters 9 medal-winners! That’s the unprecedented result for the Australian team at the World Masters Championships. Nine age 40, 50 & 60 plus lifters travelled to Orlando, Florida and every one of the mature marvels achieved a lift or Total medal.
Standout performer for Australia was Pranee Pascoe, who took out the overall Gold in the MII 47kg. class for the second year straight, with 317.5kg. One winning streak was snapped though, 7-time MI winner Jeannette Gevers, a year of battling injury holding Jeanette back to 3rd in the MII 57kg.
A special moment came for Australia with Helen Allen bringing the house down as she attempted & pulled an MII 63kg. World Record Deadlift of 163kg. More Total medals came from eternal greats John Myers (MII 66kg.) & Max Bristow (MIII 74kg.)
Outstanding results from an outstanding team.
AUSSIE ANTHEM PLAYS IN CHINA AT THE BLIND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (19/09/2013)
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.
2013 RAW WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, SUZDAL, RUSSIA (24/06/2013)
A giant team of 23 Australian lifters trekked to Russia for the 2013 World Championships & came away with a string of outstanding results. Fifth in the World Open is a big result & three Australians took that slot. Mary Macken was in a tough class down at 47kg. Womens & was only one lift away from 2nd with 297.5kg, Jasmin Higgs was solid as ever, 5th at 57kg, & new star Colin Webb was a sensation, ranking high at 5th in his first ever Worlds. As well as this trio, perennial quality performer Richard Hozjan took 7th in a very deep field in the 105kg Mens.
Aside from high Totals, Australians also took two individual medals. Andrew Jovicevic’s Bronze in the 83kg Bench Press was a shock breakthrough, while Mary Macken came through in the Squat with a hard-earned Silver.
In the Juniors Australia was very much to the fore. Newcastle's Cameron McKenzie was the star, setting a World Junior Record 120kg. class Deadlift of 327.5kg. and taking the Silver medal overall. Second in the Total also was promising John Cauchi at 66kg and a Deadlift medal came from RaeLeigh Lyons in the 52kg class.
When it was all added up, this was the best overall result by an Australian team in many a year – 5th in the Womens score & 9th in the Mens, out of nearly 40 nations competing. 2014’s Worlds will bring new challenges in the wilds of Kazakhstan but now Australia has an outstanding base to build on.
Colin Webb, 5th in 2013, 2014 medallist?
Cameron McKenzie takes home the Gold Medal with his 327.5kg. World Junior Rec
2013 RAW NATIONALS AND PACIFIC INVITATIONAL (02/04/13)
Powerlifting Australia's Pacific Invitational & Raw Powerlifting Nationals was once again a colossal success surpassing last year’s inaugural event. More than 160 lifters putting their strength and skill on the line in Melbourne. The 3 day spectacle attracted international icons such as USAPL's super heavyweight champion Randall Harris (USA), King of the bench Dennis Cieri (USA), Oliva Kirisome (Samoa) and Women's World Champion Sonia Maneana (NZ) just to name a few. A sell out crowd watched on as Australia's strongest men challenged the International lifters and saw records tumbling in every weight class across the weekend.
In the Pacific Invitational, Aussie favourite, Stephen Pritchard was pipped at the post by overall winner Randall Harris, who totalled an amazing 890kgs. Another Aussie idol Richard Hozjan managed to squeeze past Samoan lifter Oliva Kirisome, the biggest lifter on the platform, by 2 Wilks points and to snatch the 3rd place trophy. Not to be out done by these heavyweights, Melbourne University's own light weight dynamo Nghiep Luu furthered his own World Open Deadlift record with 271.5 pull at just 65.94kg bodyweight! Invitational Women’s Division lifter, Sonia Maneana, had onlookers awe-struck with her masterful lifting ability as she totalled 530kg (416.79 points).
In the National titles fights, once again Mary Macken proved too hard to beat with a 326 total (414.379 points), carrying off her 2nd Raw national title. Closely on her tail were Jasmin Higgs 337.5kg (393.838 points), Sophia Jamed 307.5kg (388,536) and Kellie Clarke who pulled astounding 180kg deadlift. Junior lifter, Rae-leigh Lyons, raked in numerous records however best junior of the day went to Annabel Rendle-Short who totalled 360kg (354.096). Special mention to guest lifter from Papua New Guinea, Linda Pulsan, who achieved the highest wilks points in the women’s division overall - 450kg (441.360 points).
The weekend battle for supremacy in the men’s classes concluded Sunday night and the fans were not disappointed with the highest quality lifting ever seen on an Australian platform. Taking out the honours as Australian Open National Champion was Stephen Pritchard, totalling 863.5kg (484.42) breaking the National Squat record along the way. A National Bench record and a 773kg total (466.43) launched Richard Hozjan into 2nd place followed by Colin Webb who went 8 for 9 totalling 652.5kg (442.591) and took 3rd place. Florian Loock seized 4th place with a 727.5 total (435.77). Rounding out our top 5 with a record squat of 213kg was Lucus Helmke totalling 600.5 (432.54). In the Junior men’s division, Alex Mansbridge was triumphant with a number of lifters only points away.
On Sunday the lifters were back for a another combat in Bench Press only division with Florian Loock blitzing the biggest Bench of the session at 200kg narrowly missing a record attempt of 208.5kg.
Nghiep Luu Deadlifting his way to beat his own Open World record at 271.5kg
Stephen Pritchard coming out of an Australian Record 331kg squat
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