Power team does the heavy lifting

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times
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Some of Bunbury’s strongest people showed what months of training can accomplish on December 4, when they competed in the Global Powerlifting Committee Australian National Push/Pull Powerlifting Championships.

A team of eight competitors from Bunbury’s Dungeon Powerlifting competed in the championships, which featured more than 280 powerlifters around the country, with each major city in Australia holding the event on the same day, as well as participants in South Africa and New Zealand.

The sanctioned event requires the lifter to produce their best bench press and deadlift to achieve a total score for weight moved and another for a co-efficient score based on a power to bodyweight ratio.

The team came away with seven medals, winning three gold, two silver and two bronze, lifting a combined total of more than 4600kg on the day.

Tomica Robertson was awarded gold in the women’s 56kg category, while Amy Binder received the top prize in the women’s 60kg and bronze in the overall women’s event.

Justin Terry won gold in the Men’s 67.5kg category and made an amazing achievement with first place for his weight category over the Tri-Nation competition.

Coach Brad Humble said he was proud of the team and their efforts.

“They had a hectic training schedule, so just to compete was a good effort,” he said.

The Dungeon Powerlifting team is now preparing for the GPC State Titles in Perth on April 29 and 30.

Humble is aiming to take at least 15 competitors from the South West as they battle it out against the strongest the State has to offer.

If successful, lifters will give themselves a chance to be selected in Team WA for the National Championships to be held later in the year.

“We should get four or five in the WA team,” Humble said.

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