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2017 OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2017 Oceania Championships + Pacific Invitational are all set for Singapore December 7 -10. HERE is the Invitation and Entry Form. Get your nations entries in by 7 October to be part of Oceania's Big Event for 2017.
Dear OPF Nations - At last, here is the Invitation and entry forms for the Oceania Championships, to be held in Singapore December 7 -11. The Technical Meeting + OPF General Meeting will be held on the night of Wednesday 6th December. Note that nations may have two Teams, A and B, in the Open and Junior categories. Also, if you still have more lifters wanting to compete, a small number of Oceania lifters can take part in the Singapore Open on Day 1.
The Pacific invitational will be scored on the basis of your Open A teams Totals in the Oceanias. Preliminary Entries close 7 October and Final Entries 16 November. Your Federation will be invoiced for entry fees after Final Entries are in. Details of the hotel booking process will follow very soon. I have inspected the venue and hotel and the facilities for the meet are first class. The hotel and hall are steps apart and there is a shopping centre in the same complex. Right next to the venue is a subway station, taking you to Orchard Road, Marina Bay Sands and all of Singapore in a few minutes. This will be an outstanding event and I urge you all to get your nation's entries in as soon as possible.
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’s FIRST PACIFIC INVITATIONAL & FITNESS EXPO MELBOURNE!
The Melbourne Fitness and Health Expo hosted the first Pacific Invitational event for 2016 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on April 30th. Once again 30,000 plus fitness fans were treated to world class Powerlifting by athletes from around the Pacific region.
Way out in front as the top performers were the superstars of Nauru. Three lifters, three World Records was the score. First up Bronco Deinarauw took the 93kg Squat World Record with 303.5kg. Then came Steven Melekiola, a 222.5kg Bench Press at 105kg putting paid to the World Record there. And as the grand finale Deamo Baguaga deadlifted 320.5kg at 83kg putting Australia’s Amir Fazeli’s old record in the shade.
Another Pacific powerhouse, Samoa, was also forcefully represented, firstly by Superheavyweight Oliva Kirisome. Oliva lodged the biggest total of the day with 930g at a trim 177kg bodyweight. Also dominant was another Samoan Superheavyweight, Matile Sitagata in the Women’s, who’s 520kg total was only just ahead of Australia’s Yani Zhao, growing in strength and girth with a 507.5kg total at 91kg bodyweight.
Also amongst Australia’s finest was Bench Press specialist Caleb Voice. Caleb was not far short of the World Record with his attempt of 200kg even and will test that mark at the coming World Raw Bench Press Championships in South Africa. The top Australian performance came from Tony Reinmuth, whose 865kg finally took the Australian 120+kg Total record and marked him as officially Australia’s strongest man.
Next up the Pacific Invitational 2 in Perth at the Fitness Expo 19th – 21st August will surely see more World Records fall. From there the Region’s strongest men and women will march on to the mega-event of the year, the 2016 Asia/Oceania Championships in Christchurch in December.
©2016 Oceania Powerlifting Federation