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2017 OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS & PACIFIC INVITATIONAL
Cosmopolitan Singapore was the venue for 2017's Oceania Championships, along with the Pacific Invitational. The latter event brought in Japan, Korea, Pakistan and Singapore, as well as the traditional Oceania nations. The result was over 200 lifters and a great competition organized by Say Tan and his crack SPF team.
On the lifting platform World Records came right from Day 1. Daiki Kodama and Yusuke Suzuki avoided each other by going 74kg & 83kg respectively and the result was WRs in both classes, 212kg & 211kg. Wendy Chan of Australia was also in on the WR action with Junior SQ, DL & Total results of 132 ½kg, 150kg & 355 ½kg.
But as always the star of the show was Jezza Uepa from Nauru. Jezza went 460kg in the Squat and was ever so close on a WR 478 kg, before going on to total 1042 ½ kg, one of the World's all time great performances.
Other big results came from Babra Auva'a with 470g at 72kg, Nolene Kingi an improving 530kg at 84+kg and Singapore's Clinton Lee, an even 700g at 74kg. The team from Papua New Guinea stood out with their improved technique and results across the board, led by Vagi Henry's 835kg at 120+ and Linda Pulsen's 460kg at 72kg. PNG was the top team at the 2015 Pacific Games and will be a force again in 2018.
And the venue for our big event in that year will be Nauru. The Pacific hub of Powerlifting has confirmed the Oceania Championships for the first week of December in 2018 at their national stadium. With their government behind it, this surely will be the highest standard Oceania's ever.
OCEANIA AT THE WORLD POWERLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Nauru, Australia and New Zealand were the only Oceania nations to take part in the 2107 World Powerlifting Championships after some smaller nations grappled unsuccessfully with the entry process. But these three countries put in outstanding results, scoring many medals across the age groups.
Oceania's premiere lifter Jezza Uepa of Nauru didn't disappoint in the 120+kg, although coming in second against the unbeatable Ray Williams. Jezza took no less than 5 squats, the jury twice over-ruling legs-not-locked calls by the referees and showed real character to go 460kg on his 5th attempt. That took it out of Jezza come Deadlift time but he still came through with an Oceania Record 1035kg Total.
Another great silver medal performance came from Brett Gibbs (NZ) in the 84kg class. Brett was looking good after a 208.5kg World Record Bench and then confidently jumped from 295kg to World Record 317.5kg in the Deadlift. That was missed twice and the door was left open for Anuar Ulan of Kazakhstan, who obliged with a 325kg gold medal lift.
Oceania medals went on, with Liz Craven of Australia taking second in the women's 52kg class, one notch up from bronze in 2016 and hopefully portend gold in 2018. An unlucky 4th in the 84kg class was Yano Zhao of Australia, while down further in the men's super Tony Reinmuth and Tyron Senituli battled it out 890kg to 887.5kg.
Nauru produced more medalists starting with Irving Harris' bronze in the Masters 2 74kg. But the stunning age-group performance for the island nation was 17year old Febrose Tsiode, who not only won the SubJunior gold at 52.kg but set world SubJunior, Junior and open World Records in the bench all at once with 110.5kg
From here we move on to the Oceania Championship[s in Singapore in December and then to surely the biggest World Championships ever in Calgary, Canada in June 2018. We look forward to every Oceania nation having a big team in that mega-event.
FITNESS SHOW SYDNEY SHOWCASES THE WORLDS BEST
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.
2016 ASIA/OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2016 Asia/Oceania Championships went through in December at the Celebration Centre in Christchurch with near 300 lifters. Visa problems cut the competitor numbers, especially for Nauru, but the Oceania nations produced some stellar performances in both the men's and women's lifting. Way out in from was the performance of Jezza Uepa at Super with an all-time-great performance of 455kg Squat, through the official 1000lb barrier at last. Only Jezza’s grip giving out on the Deadlift cost him the World Total Record and he is set now for a big performance at the 2017 World Championships.
Also setting World Records was Liz Craven from Australia with a 153kg squat and 418.5 Total at 52kg that also sets Liz up for a shot at the World title in 2017. 17 year old Febrose Tsiode from Nauru was a precocious Bench Press record setter, whist a whole host of Australian women’s lifters set World Junior records, most notably Schae Zarew with a Total 435kg at 63kg.
More big performances came from Telupe Iosefa from Tuvalu with a new best of 851kg at 120kg and Jesse Roland (Nauru) with a 760kg at 93kg, whilst King Jamie (New Zealand) and Nathan Tanis (Australia) had a quality battle at 83kg, 712kg prevailing over 710kg. The top Equipped performances on Day 1 came in from New Zealand’s Tasha Williams, 552.5kg at 84kg and Hayden Lee, 812.5kg at 120kg.
The Team awards were spread across the nations in various age classes but home team New Zealand was out in front overall, with Australia and Nauru also to the fore.
The stage is now set for the big events for Oceania in 2017. In April the Pacific Invitational at the Sydney Fitness Expo will be bigger than ever, with 24 invited world class lifters. June 2017 will see Oceania Nations at the World Championships in Belarus and the year will culminate with the Asia/Oceania Championships, now scheduled for Singapore.
©2016 Oceania Powerlifting Federation