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Locals qualify for National Championships at the Waikato BOP Powerlifting Competition

10 Jun 2015

It was a successful outing for five UniRec members when they competed at Waikato BOP Powerlifting competition on March 28, with UniRec Runner Up in the team club trophy.

With most being current Waikato BOP record holders, expectations were high to qualify themselves for the National Championships, which they did, winning their respective weight classes. This competition will be held at the NZ Fitness Expo in Auckland in July.

Powerlifting is not a sport for the faint hearted. It involves three key lifts; Squat, Benchpress and a Deadlift with the total from all three lifts combining to give individuals their placings. Lifters can break individual lift records as well as the totals. 

Rajah Singh, Waikato BOP Powerlifting Association Secretary says he is proud of the group’s achievement.

“It was a massive haul from five of our members. We all won our respective classes and all of us hold records for the WaikatoBOP region except for Marek Smit, because according to the IPF/ NZPF rules there is a six month stand down period for new members. However, it was great to see him taking home the ‘Most Promising’ trophy at his first WaikatoBOP champs and second ever competition”. 

Rajah says the upgrades to UniRec’s weights room over the past three years have made training ten times better, attracting more people into powerlifting.

“Lots of people are doing it, but not necessarily competing which is why the introductory competitions we hold at UniRec are so good, it gives people a taste of competing as a novice which often leads to people gaining confidence and wanting to test their limits even further. The next one is June 20 and we’re predicting a good turn out,” Rajah says.

Who Competed?

Open Division (24-40)

Rajah Singh came back from a 10 month injury break, with this the first competition in almost one year. He holds all the records in his weight division in the u66kg open class. 

Nick Cornish holds several junior u93kg records and is competing in the open class for the first time this year.

Bridget Boyle holds all the female records in the U63kg open class except for the Benchpress. She’s in her first year in the masters class and has set new records in the same weight class. 

Junior Division (18-23)

Erin Mascelle was coming back from injury and did enough to qualify for nationals. Erin holds several records in the junior and open division.

Marek Smit is still a junior and is in his first year of competitive lifting. He has already lifted more than the junior records.

Are you interested in Powerlifting?

UniRec is hosting a novice comp on June 20 which is open to first time lifters and members. 

For more confirmation contact: Rajah Singh on 027 525 4847 or find them on Facebook

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