Novice di­vi­sion pow­ers up

The Northland Age - - Sport -

The Kaitaia Pow­er­lift­ing Club ran its first novice com­pe­ti­tion at the Ko­hatuFit gym in Kaitaia ear­lier this month.

The Novice 3-Lift and Bench Press Meet on Satur­day, April 7, at­tracted 23 com­peti­tors — both new and ex­pe­ri­enced lifters — who were all aim­ing to qual­ify for the 2018 North­land cham­pi­onships in Kerik­eri this Satur­day.

Event spokes­woman Hine Lum noted eight Kaitaia lo­cals — be­ing her­self, Pam Fisher, Chanelle Sam­son, Taari Mur­ray, Ali Cos­ner, Sa­man­tha Thoumine, Dan Brock­bank and Leon O’Con­nor — won the right to com­pete for pro­vin­cial ti­tles this week­end. They will fea­ture in a field of 30-plus lifters seek­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the na­tion­als in Whangarei later this year.

Lum noted the meet was blessed to have such an ex­pe­ri­enced ref­eree panel in­clud­ing Stan Hall­mond (Whangarei), a cat­e­gory 2 ref, a rep on the na­tional pow­er­lift­ing ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee and a man who has ded­i­cated 35 years to the sport, Mar­garet Lind­say (Whangarei), a pro­vin­cial ref and also a na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee rep, along with Kevin Barker (Kerik­eri) and An­thony War­ren (Kaikohe), both pro­vin­cial refs.

Also in at­ten­dance to sup­port the day was world cham­pion Tr­ish Mul­drock from Kaikohe.

In other news, Ko­tahu Fit’s Ngahine and An­thony Lum along with Taari Mur­ray com­pleted and passed their New Zealand pow­er­lift­ing pro­vin­cial ref­er­ees cer­tifi­cates on Sun­day, April 8.

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POUND FOR POUND: A re­cent weightlift­ing com­pe­ti­tion at Ko­tahu First at­tracted a strong field of com­peti­tors from novice to ex­pe­ri­enced.

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