Welcome to the Melbourne University Weightlifting & Powerlifting Club (MUWPC) website. Here you will find the latest news and information about the Club and the sport of powerlifting.
May 5, 2013
The club uniforms and soft suits are now ready to be ordered! Please see Lorcan on Monday or Thursday this week to try on the samples of the jackets, track suit pants and shorts and place your orders. We are aiming to get this order in as soon as possible, so if you can’t come along on Monday or Thursday, please let Lorcan know (email@example.com, 0422545042 or via Facebook) as soon as possible to make alternative arrangments.
We initially planned to have a number of samples for sizing produced in the final design (including colours and embroidery) but this has not been possible, so the samples will be generic articles but some mock ups of the design and logos are available for viewing.
The jackets will be royal blue and have MUWPC embroidered on the front and the Melbourne University barbell logo on the back (the same logo as the soft suits). Pants and shorts will be royal blue with a white stripe down the leg, with MUWPC printed vertically in the white stripe.
The gear will be produced by Black and Blue, a local company specialising in gym and fitness wear. Black and Blue offer top quality clothing and the pricing arranged for the club is very competitive. Approximate prices are listed below but will only change by up to a few dollars once this is finalised. Check out the Black and Blue website for more info about their products (www.blackandblue.com.au).
Orders will now also be taken for the club soft suits (as modelled at the Raw Nationals last month). If you haven’t had a chance to view these yet, some samples will be available during the week.
Unisex jacket – $65 (http://www.blackandblue.com.au/martial-arts/Jackets/martial-arts-hooded-jacket)
Ladies jacket – $55 (http://www.blackandblue.com.au/gym-wear/jackets/ladies-hooded-jacket)
Shorts – $25 (http://www.blackandblue.com.au/fitness-fashion/shorts/dry-max-shorts)
Pants – $50 (http://www.blackandblue.com.au/fitness-fashion/Pants/dry-max-pants-long-1)
Soft suit – $70 (or $50 if you trade-in an old soft suit in good condition)
May 3, 2013
Blast from the past! Some of the MUWPC club members from 1998 recently got together for a lunch, which shows how long the friendships forged at the Club really last. Also, the fact that most are still lifting or involved in the sport indicates that once you start, most people never really stop being powerlifters! Thanks to Sav Grech for the photo.
May 1, 2013
Thanks again to all the marvelous volunteers who helped make the Raw Nationals possible! In an effort to ensure that everyone’s efforts were properly recognized, Catherine, Wing and Tom organised another order of competition t-shirts for those who helped, but missed out after we ran out. Also, as one of our greatest volunteers (and Club secretary) Sean was away for the Thank-you dinner, we got him a Grill’d voucher, which I’m sure will come in handy after a training session soon!
New mats in the HWR. They take up less space and most importantly we are now rid of the old ones, which had certainly seen better days! Thanks again to Simon for getting yet another Club job done!
April 25, 2013
If you’re wondering what MUWPC has been up to between Raw Nationals 2012 and Raw Nationals 2013, here’s what you’ve missed:
A monster of a competition, with over 40 lifters battling it out for PB’s and trophies. It seemed like all of Melbourne University was lifting, with the full spectrum from first timers right through to some of our most experienced lifters taking to the platform.
One of the biggest ever Australia World’s teams was fielded for the inaugural IPF Classic World Cup, including MUWPC’s own Katie Tushuizen, Nghiep Luu and Russel Gan. Highlights included Nghiep’s run at the deadlift world record, which he unfortunately couldn’t quite hold onto.
With the phenomenal growth of Raw lifting in Australia the 2012 Equipped Nationals were just under half the size of the Raw nationals, with some 36 lifters competing. The MUWPC contingent was significantly smaller than previous years, with only 4 lifters willing to make the long drive to Newcastle.
Another massive local competition for Melbourne, the Starting Strength Challenge saw just shy of 60 lifters taking to the platform. As with most Hawthorn competitions, there were far too many MUWPC lifters to single out. Ex-MUWPC lifter Lucas Helmke made the long trip down from the gold coast in order to snag the Junior 74kg squat record of 191kg. This competition was perhaps immortalised by Kelvin Aitken losing consciousness after pulling a huge 300.5 for the National Masters I&II record. Just one of the many lifters to fall through the now infamous Powerlifting Australia banner.
Senior MUWPC lifters Chris Seville and Dave Jame headed to Puerto Rico to take on the world in equipped powerlifting. Both battled jet lag, the climate and the beginnings of a hurricane to post totals and represent the nation. Chris put up the respectable total of 695kg and placed 17th in the 83kg class. Dave put up a strong 810kg in the 105kg class to place 15th. Congratulations guys!
November saw another round of first timers, with the usual mix of disappointments, PBs and miracles for MUWPC lifters. Max Riebl attempted to reclaim his Junior 105kg bench press record with a 166.5kg press, only to discover it had been beaten the day before. November also saw Linh Vu return to the stage, hitting very cautious numbers to go 9/9 after battling numerous injuries.
After the enormous task that was Raw Nationals 2012, MUWPC was offered a reprieve with Sydney winning the bid to host the 2012 Oceania Powerlifting Championships. After an administrative debacle saw the competition being switched to Raw only, Melbourne Uni’s team shrank even farther. MUWPC regulars Chris Seville and Dave Jame were still recovering from Open Worlds, leaving room in the Australian team for some new faces. In one of the biggest competitions ever held in Australia, Melbourne University proved it is a force to be reckoned with in the powerlifting world with club veteran Nghiep Luu claiming the Men’s 66kg deadlift record with an incredible 271kg lift. Also of note was young Cameron Mackenzie, who took the men’s 120kg Junior deadlift record with a 320kg pull.
In Melbourne University’s last competition of 2012, 3 lifters accepted invitations to compete at the Asian Raw Powerlifting Championships in India. Byron White, Colin Chang and Yue ‘Mark’ Sun all lifted well and proudly represented both Australia and Melbourne at this International event. As juniors, all three have their eyes on higher levels of competition and it is good to see more and more of our lifters heading overseas to compete.
February traditionally marks the opening of the powerlifting season after a summer hiatus, and 2013 is no exception. With the majority of our lifters training hard for Raw Nationals, February often sees a smaller contingent battling it out, with perhaps a few looking to qualify last minute. This competition also marked the return to the platform of Leo Lazarus, having failed to find El Dorado and looking to make a name for himself in other ways. Unfortunately for Leo he was just shy of qualifying for nationals after his last deadlift slipped from his hands, after attempting to imitate club icon Nghiep Luu’s style perhaps a little too closely. The Summer Bash also saw Sean Connelly return to the platform to struggle out a respectable 465kg after battling numerous injuries. Also in the 83s was Bernard Balustrade, benching 155kg on his way to a 530kg total and a ticket to Raw Nationals, along with newcomer Stefan Romeo in the 74s with a 427.5kg total. In the women’s Priscilla Smoot and Michelle Robson-Gart totalled 220kg and 155kg, respectively, while Nadine Tey went 5/9 to end the day was 212.5kg in the 72s.
Special thanks to Tom Sheeran for these comp summaries, and Noah Hannibal for the continued hosting of our club website. Feel free to send me any updates!