A local meet at the Hawthorn Weightlifting Centre at the end of June saw 26 lifters, 16 from MUWPC, challenge themselves to set personal bests on the platform once more. Katie bested all of her previous lifts to claim a +15kg on her total. Nidhi unfortunately couldn’t improve upon her previous successful outing at the Raw Nationals, bombing on the bench press due to too much giggling. Wing, Tom and Jason all went 8/9 in their very first competition.
The 83kg class was made up entirely of MUWPC lifters, with Sean the Penniless taking top spot. Everyone else improved significantly, with Rene claiming a +42.5kg on his total. Marcus finally benched 100kg and got a total PB despite a drastic weight cut and rushing to the airport half way through the deadlift round. Linh skipped the weight cut in favour of pizzas the night before and went 9/9 for the first time, with three fighting third attempts to please the crowd. Tudor squatted 200kg in his first competition at the club and also made a +20kg PB on the bench press after months of technique work. Big Noah tried a full equipped comp for the first time with solid success, only the hitched deadlifts letting him down.
In the bench press only, Minh gave us a taste of what’s to come at the Nationals with a 170kg equipped bench at 74kg bodyweight, while Peter Lange impressed everyone with an over double bodyweight raw bench, 160kg at 79kg bodyweight.
– Linh Vu