23 August 2010

The UQ Powerlifting and Weightlifting Club (UQPWC) enjoyed a successful campaign at last month’s National Open Powerlifting Championships in Melbourne.

The club entered a team of six lifters for the championships, of which five came home National Champions in their respective divisions.

UQPWC also won the men’s 2010 Best Club Trophy for being the best performing club overall at the championships.

Among the gold medal winners was UQ Economics student Lev Susany, who took out the men’s 75kg division.

Mr Susany's bench press of 168kg exceeded the Oceania and Commonwealth record for his division by 0.5kg, however in open championships a record must be broken by at least 2.5kg to be officially recognised.

“I’m confident that I can officially break the record at the Oceania Powerlifting Championships in December,” he said.

Mr Susany is already the current national bench press record holder for his division, having lifted 170kg at the state championships in March.

Fellow UQPWC lifters Theo Lagis and Ray Hope broke national records in their respective divisions, while Helen Allen and Andrew Logan were also victorious.

UQ engineering student Mark Barham performed admirably to finish third in the 82.5kg division, despite only being a junior lifter.

The UQ Powerlifting and Weightlifting Club would like to urge anyone interested in either sport to visit them at www.uqpwc.org for more information.

Media: Simon Byrne (simonb@uqs.com.au, 07 3346 7518)