On Saturday July 2, Western Sydney University Hawkesbury Gym held its first Powerlifting Competition. This event had 19 lifters performing 3 squats, 3 bench presses and 3 deadlifts with the highest total of each of these added together to form an overall total weight lifted. The event was witnessed by over 70 spectators, which made the atmosphere in the room electric. The event was proudly sponsored by Inbody Sydney Body Composition Scans and Vitamin King. Inbody Sydney donated funds to purchase the medals for all winners and runners up, plus free body composition scans for them. A free body composition scan was also given out in a lucky door prize. Vitamin King donated 25 showbags containing various goodies for each lifter and volunteer on the day. Vitamin King also donated a $50 gift card to each winner. Georgia McMillan from Feel Better Move Better donated a free 30 minute massage to the winners of the day. The sponsors really delivered to help make the day even more special.
The competition was fierce throughout the day, but all lifters were supportive and encouraging of each other. Staff members and volunteers performed brilliantly and ensured every person had a great time. Special mentions need to go to our volunteers Jamie Smith, Mitchell Slee, Kane Morrow, Dan Sachs, Rachele Griffin, David McInerney and James Paull for their efforts. On behalf of Western Sydney University Hawkesbury Gym, thank you.
The winners on the day were;
Highest Female Total Score
Kassie Hopkins with a 300kg Total and Runner Up Taneyle Moar with a 292.5kg Total.
Highest Female WILKS Winner
Tanelyle Moar and Runner up Kassie Hopkins
Highest Male Total Score
Damien Crane with a 602.5kg Total and Runner Up Mark Leembruggen with a 600kg total.
Highest Male WILKS Winner
Mark Leembruggen and Runner Up Damien Crane
Highest Bench Press Only Winner
The event was a huge success and the next Powerlifting Competition will be held on Saturday November 5. Our sponsors have already indicated that November will be bigger and bolder; we have many more lifters now wanting to compete for November competition. The next event promises to be huge. James Paull filmed the talent on the day with this awesome Powerlifting video (Opens in a New Tab). Thanks James!
(Above): June Member of the Month Sarah Nield. Sarah showed amazing courage, competing in her first powerlifting competition last Saturday and we all know it was brave of her to be the first lifter for the day.