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Regulations Amendments (22/05/13)
ASADA media release regarding methylhexaneamine
Amendments to the PA Regulations regarding changes weigh-in and break times
A message from our Media officers (21/04/13)
Congratulations on your participation in the 2013 Raw Nationals, which was the largest powerlifting event ever run in Australia. I am sure you will agree the lifting was entertaining and inspiring. It is exciting to see so many new lifters sharing the platform with the sport’s seasoned veterans. You may not be aware, but following the championships a team was selected for the 2013 Raw World Championships in Russia this June. The team will be the biggest Australian team ever, including a number of new lifters.
Powerlifting Australia is growing in quantity and quality and the sport is now moving into exciting unprecedented times. Nominations are now up at http://www.powerlifting-ipf.com/47.html and information on live streaming will soon be available for those of you that want to follow the progress of the team.
We (Katrina and Stephen) are contacting you in the capacity as the new media officers for Powerlifting Australia. We will endeavour to keep you updated on news, events and information.
If anyone was unable to collect their medals from the nationals please contact Robert Wilks (email@example.com), so that we can organize to have those sent out.
Keep an eye out for the Powerlifting Australia newsletter (you can register to receive this on the PA website).
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 with more than 160 lifters putting their strength and skill on the line. The 3 day super spectacle of the year 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 Raw 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 the smallest of margins by overall winner Randall Harris who totalled an amazing 890kgs. Another aussie idol Richard Hozjan managed to just squeeze past Samoan lifter Oliva Kirisome, the biggest lifter on the platform, by 2 wilks points and in doing so snatched 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 fight, 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 national men’s division 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) bestowing on him 3rd place. Florian Loock easily 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 from snatching victory.
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 his Australian Record 331kg squat
Lepeka Nanai standing on the winners' podium
Melbourne DVDs for the 2013 Raw Nationals and Pacific Invitational (27/03/13)
To order a DVD of any of the lifting sessions held in Melbourne on the 22nd to 24 March please contact John Myers via John.Myers@det.nsw.edu.au
2013 Live Streaming Australian Raw Powerlifting (22/03/13)
Stream videos at Ustream
Secondary Camera - Warm Up Room
Streaming video by Ustream
2013 Raw Nationals is upon us (13/03/13)
Dear Strength Fan,
Where can you see the Worlds Strongest Woman, the Strongest Man in the USA & a 90kg./200lb. man Bench Pressing 500lb.+?
The Arrow Hotel, 488 Swanston Street Melbourne, at 6.00 p.m. Saturday 23rd. March, that’s where.
The 2013 Pacific Invitational Powerlifting event features the Worlds Top Strength Athletes —
These All Time Greats will be matched with Australia and the Islands’ Strongest Athletes on Saturday 23rd. 6.00p.m. And all Weekend, from Friday night through to Sunday late, the Australian Championships will feature the Strongest Men and Women in the country.
Tickets at the door all weekend, but bookings advised, especially for the Big Session, Saturday 6.00p.m. Reserve your place now —
For secure PAYPAL bookings http://www.powerliftingaustralia.com/E_store.htm
For DIRECT DEPOSIT bookings, notate your name & deposit to ANZ Bank BSB 013355 Account 280911414
For PERSONALIZED TICKETING, or more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0418 366 416 anytime.
I will see you at the Arrow Hotel Saturday 23rd
at 6.00p.m. or anytime on the weekend.
School Bench Press Competition Report 2012 (11/02/13)
The annual School's Bench Press Competition returned strong performances from a number of schools with a range of new records set in 2012.
In the boys 53kg under 14 years class Tyson Schellen from Mannum Community College, SA, benched close to class bodyweight hitting a 52.5kg bench to secure a new Australian record. In the Under 16 boys the benching was no less impressive with 74kg class contender Tristan Sly from St Bedes College, Victoria, setting a new record with a hard fought 102.5kg press. At 83kg Blake Wright from Ormiston College was very impressive with a 120kg and equal largest press of the competition.
Across Australia the school girls were not to be outdone as they presented some impressive lifting across all age classes. Rachel Gassner from Mannum Community College posted a 32.5kg press in the 47kg at under 14 class. In the under 16 girls, Powerlifting Australia lifter, Renae Denning, representing Kempsey High School proved her place in the list of top 10 women bench pressers of 2012, posting a 75kg press in the 63kg class. Also impressive was Alex Thomson who pressed 55kg in the 75kg class. Moving to the 18 and under girls, lightweight Sheree Marks from Heatherwood School pressed a very respectable 30kg at 47kg.
It was great to see a number of new schools participating in the 2012 competition and to see so many students getting under the bar; a number of which would have been very competitive on any platform. The 2013 competition is set to ramp up when schools return, with prizes for first and second overall school. If anyone would is interested in the competition and would like further information please contact David Northcott via the Powerlifting Australia Website at the School's Program page.
400K hits since March 2007 (26/01/13)
Well done and thanks to PA lifters and followers for all your support over the years. We've just passed 400,000 unique hits on our website since March 1, 2007 when the launch of the revamped site and PA structure began. From averaging around 100 hits per day, we're now averaging over 300 hits per day. Thank you and continue your support.
2013 calendar is go!! (09/01/13)
Its taken a bit of work to organise and a false start about 2 weeks ago but Powerlifting Australia has now released a calendar of events for 2013. There will be some minor tweaks and a guarentee of an equipped nationals to come (details need to be finalised), but this year we're offering no less than 35 comps from your local novice through to International events!!
Click here for all the calendar or follow the link on the website.
If you have any further questions about PA memberships please contact Robert Wilks on 0418 366 416 or via email, email@example.com
2013 membership form now available (03/01/13)
The 2013 PA membership is now up and available for members to sign on again. PA has been continually raising its membership base since 2006, and with the pricing staying the same as last year and the number and quality of competitions rising, PA is your number 1 for powerlifting competition in Australia!!
If you have any further questions about PA memberships please contact Noah Hannibal on 0434 192 515 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2012 Oceania wrap-up (12/12/12)
Nghiep Luu sets up for a 271kg Deadlift for an open World Record in the 66kg class
145 lifters from 7 nations across the Oceania region descended upon North Sydney for the Oceania Powerlifting and Bench Press Champs from 7-9 December. This was a competition reduced to a raw only format, but nonetheless it was an amazing 3 day event and certainly one of the best this country has seen for a while.
With a plethora of National, Oceania, Commonwealth and World Records broken being too many to name, one of note was the open deadlift World Record by Nghiep Luu who pulled 271kg under 66kg bodyweight. This is the first time an open World Record has been set by an Aussie since Katrina Robertson's miracle 263.5kg deadlift to win the 1997 World Champs.
At the end of it all Australia ended up being the top lifting nation, Stephen Pritchard was overall best lifter on points despite being downed by the mammoth Samoan, Oliva Kirisome whilst Mary Macken took out best female lifter by a fair margin. For the bench pressers, Jasmine Higgs took out the best female award and the wider than ever Paul Offord hoisted up the biggest bench of the comp with a very impressive 235kg press.
Click here for all the results.
2013 early bird comps (09/12/12)
The first contests for the year in the main regions are —
A 2013 Calendar will be coming out shortly.
Farewell to blind World Champ Anthony Young (27/11/12)
On the 18th November, 2012, one of Australia's great powerlifters, Anthony Young, passed away in his sleep. Anthony was a super-heavyweight blind lifter and competed with Powerlifting Australia for over a decade. In this time he competed at several World Blind Championships and became the World Champ on a few of those occasions. He will be missed by our family but his achievements and friendship will not be forgotten.
Anthony Young deadlifting 265kg in 2009
Two new branch managers now available (27/11/12)
PA Branch Managers are your local link to getting started on your Powerlifting journey, or continuing it if you have recently moved locations. PA is proud to present that we now have a contact in Canberra, Megan Hinchley, and another in the Gold Coast in Ben Polke. For further information, Canberra and Gold Coast lifters can contact them at:
Gold! Gold! Gold! Great results at the Masters Worlds and new records out west (24/10/12)
World Masters Champion - A breakthrough performance for Dom Cadden
Report by Max Bristow from the Masters World Powerlifting Champs in USA
Lee Anne Dwarte M1 52kg class
Report by Paul MacManus from the Crossfit Armed Open in WA
We had a very successful comp and decided to create a 4m by 4m platform to host both Olympic and Powerlifting comps. The platform was specifically carpeted for this comp.
We had 20 lifters, including 6 women and for the first time since I’ve been involved we had enough lifters for 2 flights in a WA comp.
Most importantly we had one lifter, Rex Parsons, in the 83kg Sub Junior category set the first national record in Western Australia since 1993, with a Bench of 127.5kg, and a close miss for a deadlift record with 2 goes at 218kg.
Notable in the lifting was Barry Heynes, built like Derek Pomana and with impressive technique for a first comp, going straight to the top of the 120kg rankings with a 732.5kg total (5kg shy of the national record standard), including a 245kg squat with room to spare (he was taking it easy on the squats as not used to not having a mirror in front!). He also benched 185kg and a massive pull of 302.5kg in the Deadlift. This brings him straight to number 15 on the current top 20 raw list (something I’m yet to crack).
In the women, from another local Crossfit gym was Carly Menzies who totalled 247.5kg in the 57kg weight class in her first powerlifting com. That would put her 16th on the top 20 raw women's rankings. She was only convinced to lift the night before by her coach.
Overall a great day and another step forward for WA lifting.
"From zero to hero in three years!" (27/07/12)
At the recently held World IBSA (Blind) Powerlifting Championships held in Orlando, Florida, Australia's two athletes came home with the best results possible with both competitors winning gold in their respective events.
On July 7, the now famous PA athlete, "Peks" (Lepeka Nanai) of Melbourne weighed in at 123.2kg and squatted 302.5kg, benched a world record 251kg and deadlifted a world record 293kg to take out the win with again a world record total of 846.5kg. In a recent television interview, CEO of Powerlifting Australia, Robert Wilks, described Peks' meteoric rise as, "from zero to hero in three years". This truly reflects the courage and dedication this man has shown to turn things around for his life and family.
Whilst many of you may not know Vanessa Murby, on July 4 she stepped out on the platform to also match Peks' world champ status. Competing in the 84+kg class, she hoisted a 144/72.5/120 set of lifts for a 346.5kg total.
That was the end of the Equipped lifting format for the Blind. They are Raw from now on as per the command from IPC, which they will be merging with as from 2016 Paralympics!!
Peks on the dias
Deadlifting his way to glory
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