Kiwis Dominate at the Oceania Masters Championships

Written by Gabi Peach and Kirsty Walker.

A jam-packed 3 days of lifting in Melbourne saw the 18-strong New Zealand contingent come away with 17 medals, over 100 records and a fair few overall titles to boot! The first time our masters have been able to travel and compete internationally in several years, their hard work was put on show, raising the standard of competition across their age categories and weight classes.

Congratulations to Lyndsay Cunningham, Victoria Blair, Belinda Sidnam and Renee Baarspul who were awarded best lifter (across all weight classes) in their age group. The female team of Victoria and Renee along with Claire Nahi, Odette Smith and Steph Dyer also won top women's team.

Other highlights included New Zealand, Oceania and Commonwealth records for Lyndsay, Victoria, Claire, Belinda, Odette, Karen Lloyd, and Andy Jameson. 

Athlete of the event was none other than Renee Baarspul. The 36 year old from Hawkes Bay went 6/6, setting new personal bests with a 93kg snatch, 111kg clean & jerk and 204kg total. Having already achieved International Grade in the 76kg class, Renee has now achieved the same in the W81kg class. Her 93kg snatch was a WORLD record in her catgeory, and she was best female lifter overall. 

Congratulations all for demonstrating that Weightlifting truly is a sport for all ages and sizes. The next Masters Oceania Championships will be held in conjunction with the WORLD CUP, right here in Auckland next March! We can't wait to see the show ourlifters put on at home next year. If you are interested in being a part of this event it's not too late to start preparing! Find all information HERE.

See full results booklet attached. Photos are still becoming available and can be accessed on the AWF Facebook Page HERE